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    Author(s): Brian Williams; Thomas Straka; Richard Harper
    Date: 2012
    Source: South Carolina Forestry 2012(3):4-5
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Southern Research Station
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    There are about 11.3 million private forest owners in the United States; of those, 10.4 million are family forest owners who control 62% of the nation's private timberland. South Carolina has about 262,000 family forest owners who control almost two-thirds of the state's private timberland (Butler, 2008). In the recent past, these ownerships were generally called nonindustrial private forests (NI PF). Due to development and growth of various corporate ownerships, the definition of NIPF became muddled. Today this unincorporated individual, family trust estate, and partnership-owned timberland is called family forests.

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    Williams, B.L.; Straka, T.J.; Harper, R.A. 2012. Size of forest holding and family forests: implications for forest management in South Carolina. South Carolina Forestry 2012(3):4-5.


    forest management, trends, forest tract

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