America's Private Forests: Status And Stewardship by Constance Best

By Constance Best

America's deepest Forests: prestige and Stewardship examines inner most forests within the usa (which represent fifty eight% of U.S. forests) and provides info from a wide selection of assets on their prestige, in addition to beneficial info on concepts for his or her defense, conservation, and administration. this can be a reference and data source. The booklet offers info, information, and analysis-the made from loads of research-about the country of non-public forests within the U.S. it is a prestige document that places the knowledge into context of shock for biodiversity. the ultimate bankruptcy deals an motion plan for shielding inner most forests, with particular ideas.

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1 The private fo re sts of the Un i ted States account for 30% of the world’s total. S. fo re st types and fo re st ownership are many and va ried, forming a complex whole. While much attention (and no small amount of controversy) is directed at the management of federal fo rests and the operations of the fore st products industry, both hold re l a tive ly modest portions of the nation’s total fo re sts (figure 1). 3 million nonindustrial p ri vate owners. Any serious fo re st conserva tion effo rt must therefore consider what is happening on these lands and why.

3 million acres in 1998. These harve st acres include all types of harve st, including partial 7. Intere sti n g ly, after a trend toward reducing harve st age, pulp and paper companies in the Southeast are beginning to expand their rotations from twenty to thirty years in order to build in flexibility to capture the value of both fiber and small-dimension sawtimber utilization (C. Owen, pers. comm. 1999). Meanwhile, some sawtimber companies in the Pacific Northwest have been reducing notation ages from fifty-five to sixty years to forty and now thirty years.

Given the hist o ry of European settlement and confli cts with Nati ve Americans, tribes are ve ry concerned with establishing and maintaining control of their land and re s o u rces. It is important to remember that treaty te rms are still being litigated by tribes for enfo rcement of their ri g h ts. Fishing and hu n ting rights based on cust o m a ry tribal use have been upheld in the courts and th rough statute in several states. There are many contro8. Forested Landscapes in Perspective (NRC 1998) puts the number of reservations at 214 in 1992.

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