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    Author(s): John L. Greene; Michael A. Kilgore; Michael G. Jacobson; Steven E. Daniels; Thomas J. Straka
    Date: 2007
    Source: In: Siry, J., ed. Proceedings of the 2006 Southern Forest Economics Workshop. 174-187.
    Publication Series: Paper (invited, offered, keynote)
    Station: Southern Research Station
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    This study examined the compatibility between sustainable forestry practices and the framework of public and private financial incentive programs directed toward nonindustrial private forest (NIPF) owners. The incentives include tax, cost-share, and other types of programs. The study consisted of four components: a literature review, a mail survey of selected management assistance foresters in all 50 states, focus groups of NIPF owners in each national region, and a comparative analysis of findings from the first three components. The literature review identified three approaches that consistently lead NIPF owners to apply sustainable forest management practices on their land: technical assistance, cost-shares, and programs that put owners in direct contact with a forester or other natural resource professional. The management assistance foresters regarded the Forest Land Enhancement Program as the workhorse federal financial incentive program, with the Forest Stewardship, Forest Legacy and Conservation Reserve Programs also receiving high ratings. The forest owner focus groups expressly held several concepts in common, including a commitment to long-term stewardship and a preference for technical assistance over other types of incentives. The study findings yielded three main conclusions and nine recommendations to better adapt financial incentive programs to widely-held NIPF owner goals and objectives.

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    Greene, John L.; Kilgore, Michael A.; Jacobson, Michael G.; Daniels, Steven E.; Straka, Thomas J. 2007. Existing and potential incentives for practicing sustainable forestry on nonindustrial private forest lands. In: Siry, J., ed. Proceedings of the 2006 Southern Forest Economics Workshop. 174-187.


    Cost-share, tax incentives, technical assistance, focus groups.

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