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    The timber production and ecological effects of forest land development are influenced by both the rate and spatial distribution of forest land development, and how remaining undeveloped forest lands are managed. Regarding effects on management, research conducted in the U.S. South and in Oregon suggests that development can reduce the intensity with which landowners manage remaining forest lands, potentially reducing forest commodity production and influencing ecological conditions and processes. Prevailing hypotheses suggest that this process results on: (1) the gradual fragmentation of forest land into smaller and less profitable management units; (2) related changes in the characteristics and man of newer more urban-minded forest owners; (3) potential conflicts arising from conducting forestry in proximity to people; and (4) increasing uncertainty among remaining forest landowners regarding prospects for continued forestry in the future.

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    Kline, J.D. 2007. Development effects on private forest management: a critical look at the evidence. In: Laband, D.N., ed. Emerging issues along urban/rural interfaces II: linking land-use science and society, conference proceedings. Auburn, AL: Forest Policy Center, Auburn University: 72-75


    Wildland-urban interface, nonindustrial private forest owners, urbanization

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