Skip to Main Content
U.S. Forest Service
Caring for the land and serving people

United States Department of Agriculture

Home > Search > Publication Information

  1. Share via EmailShare on FacebookShare on LinkedInShare on Twitter
    Dislike this pubLike this pub
    Author(s): Christine Overdevest; Gary P. Green
    Date: 1994
    Source: Society and Natural Resources. 8: 111-113.
    Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
    PDF: View PDF  (333 KB)


    Forestry activities, such as timber production and processing, are important economic activities in many rural communities. Yet the research on the relationship between forest dependence and community economic well-being is inconclusive. This article examines the relationship between forest dependence and county per capita income and poverty in rural Georgia. Forest dependence is conceptualized according to Averitt's theory of the dual economy. Core dependence, in other words, dependence on well-capitalized pulp and paper firms, is expected to affect county-level economic well-being differently than dependence on periphery forest industry or high timberland concentrations. Regression analyses show that core forest industries are positively related to county per capita income, while periphery industries have no significant effect and timberland concentration is negatively related to per capita income and positively related to the poverty rate.

    Publication Notes

    • You may send email to to request a hard copy of this publication.
    • (Please specify exactly which publication you are requesting and your mailing address.)
    • We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
    • This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.


    Overdevest, Christine; Green, Gary P. 1994. Forest dependence and community well-being: a segmented market approach. Society and Natural Resources. 8: 111-113.

    Related Search

    XML: View XML
Show More
Show Fewer
Jump to Top of Page