Chapter 71: The Shared Leadership and Ownership of Our Private Forests: Insights from Forest Landowners' Personal Networks
Tatyana B. Ruseva & Burnell C. Fischer
The shared leadership and ownership of our private forests: Insights from forest landowners' personal networks Over the last two decades, urban expansion, development, and forest conversion have called attention to the important role of private forestlands. Private forests in the United States have a dominant share relative to other countries rich in forest resources, such as Canada, Russia, and Brazil. Over half of all forestlands in the United States are in private ownership, managed by individuals, families, tribes, corporations, or the forest industry (Smith, Miles, Perry, & Pugh, 2009). These forestlands provide valuable economic, ecological, and social benefits to society in the form of timber, carbon storage, and clean water supplies, among others. With increased pressures for landowners to sell their land, develop it, or convert it to other land uses, these benefits are likely to deteriorate. From such a perspective, this chapter reviews the potential for sustainable forest management ...