HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
New Forest Owners Prefer Enjoying Their Land Over Working It

approximately 55 percent of the nation's timber supply provided by private landowners, Jacobson said Florida's 7.2 million acres of private forests are important suppliers of wood in an $8 billion industry.

Another trend in forest ownership is a decrease in the average size of a private owner's land holding. Survey results show large forests are being divided up and sold to city dwellers. The number of forested parcels between 100 and 500 acres has decreased by 15 percent over the last 15 years, while the number of small parcels has increased.

"When the property is divided into 10- or 20-acre lots and sold to different individuals, it hurts the integrity of the land," Jacobson said. "It's also hard to manage the forest economically, and the owners just give it up."

Wilson Rivers is not part of the new breed of forest owners. He and his wife live on their 2,500 acres of property in Union County, north of Gainesville.

The 76-year-old farmer leases several acres to cattle ranchers, but slash pine can be found on most of his property. Trees are cut every two to three years and sold for several different uses, including paper production, lumber and plywood.

"I'll plant 100 acres in the fall of next year," Rivers said. "There's no telling when they'll be cut. Probably 15 or 16 years later. It's nice to know my trees will still be providing oxygen once I'm gone."

As a member of the board of directors for the Florida Forestry Association, Rivers shares Jacobson's concerns over the fragmentation of Florida's forests. "If the land is not managed, you're growing trees of no value," he said. "It's a waste."

The next step for forest managers statewide, Jacobson said, is to find ways to target the new type of landowners and educate them on the consequences of not managing their forests.

A suggested management plan includes periodic harvests, planting new trees or allowing natural regrowth. It also requires controlled burns.

"There are environmentalis
'"/>

Contact: Karen Meisenheimer
kmize@ufl.edu
352-392-1773
University of Florida
18-Nov-1998


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Forest managers can fight invasive species that come with roads
2. Forest fire sensor inspired by nature
3. Rutgers ecologists and Brooklyn Botanic Garden botanists to plan Beijing Olympics Forest Park
4. Virginia Tech and North Carolina State University to run Forest Nutrition Research Cooperative
5. Forest preservation work turns to Carolina hemlock
6. Nonnative Invasive Plants of Southern Forests
7. Wake Forest researcher identifies syndrome as leading cause of death in premature infants
8. Wake Forest scientists develop colony of mice that fight off virulent cancer
9. Forest fragmentation may increase Lyme disease risk
10. USDA Forest Service publishes wildland-urban interface assessment
11. Forests of the continental U.S. continue to fragment

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:7/31/2020)... SAN FRANCISCO (PRWEB) , ... July 30, 2020 ... ... Therapeutics’ maturing prescription digital therapeutics product portfolio with a near term focus on ... diverse biotech and pharma commercialization experience across multiple therapeutic areas and classes. As ...
(Date:7/10/2020)... ... 09, 2020 , ... Today CJ BIO announced the first in a series ... “fifth taste” phenomenon that is revolutionizing ingredient mixes, nutritional content and flavor profiles across ... Monday, July 13, 2020 at11:00 AM (CDT) during SHIFT20, the virtual edition of the ...
(Date:7/1/2020)... ... July 01, 2020 , ... ... solutions for glioblastoma—the most common and aggressive adult brain cancer—announced today the appointments ... Senior Fellows are charged with supporting the organization’s initiatives and overall vision. , ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:7/31/2020)... ... July 29, 2020 , ... The SDX® Respiratory Gating ... countries, has reached its 20th anniversary of worldwide use. Introduced in the US ... universities including University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, University of Maryland, University of ...
(Date:7/18/2020)... ... July 16, 2020 , ... After research model surgery and catheter implantation, ... surgery is only the beginning of a successful study, while protecting and accessing the ... Gien, Global Head of Surgery from Envigo in a live webinar ...
(Date:7/18/2020)... ... July 17, 2020 , ... ... the life sciences and food industries, is pleased to announce that Charles Galea ... – Business Development. , Charles is an accomplished and results-driven sales executive with ...
(Date:7/10/2020)... ... July 09, 2020 , ... In most ... used to suppress pigment formation in zebrafish embryos, maintaining optical transparency to facilitate ... Dr MA has been using the zebrafish model to investigate the causes of ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: