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Title: Influence and effectiveness of financial incentive programs in programs in promoting sustainable forestry in the South

Author: Greene, John L.; Straka, Thomas J.; Daniels, Steven E.; Jacobson, Michael G.; Kilgore, Michael A.;

Date: 2009

Source: In: Siry, J.; Izlar, B.; Bettinger, P.; Harris, T.; Tye, T.; Baldwin, S.; Merry, K., eds. 2009. Proceedings of the 2008 Southern Forest Economics Workers Annual Meeting; 2008 Mar 9-11; Savannah, GA. Athens (GA): Center for Forest Business, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia. Center for Forest Business Publication No. 30. 137–147.

Publication Series: Paper (invited, offered, keynote)

Description: Selected state agency foresters in each of the 13 southern states were surveyed about the financial incentive programs available to nonindustrial private forest owners. The foresters were asked to name and describe the public and private programs available in their state, to assess forest owners’ awareness of each program, its appeal among the owners aware of it, its effectiveness in encouraging sustainable forestry and enabling owners to meet their objectives, and the percent of program practices that remain in place and enrolled acres that remain in forest over time. They also were asked to suggest ways to improve the programs. The Forest Stewardship, Forest Land Enhancement, and Forest Legacy Programs were among the top rated federal programs, scoring well for all measures and attributes. Programs sponsored by states and private organizations tended to be more narrowly targeted than federal programs, and scored well for specific attributes. The foresters’ suggestions for program improvement centered largely on improving program visibility and availability, increasing and ensuring long-term consistency in program funding, and simplifying the application and approval process.

Keywords: Financial incentives, private forest landowners, cost share programs, property taxes

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Greene, John L.; Straka, Thomas J.; Daniels, Steven E.; Jacobson, Michael G.; Kilgore, Michael A. 2009. Influence and effectiveness of financial incentive programs in promoting sustainable forestry in the South. In: Siry, J.; Izlar, B.; Bettinger, P.; Harris, T.; Tye, T.; Baldwin, S.; Merry, K., eds. 2009. Proceedings of the 2008 Southern Forest Economics Workers Annual Meeting; 2008 Mar 9-11; Savannah, GA. Athens (GA): Center for Forest Business, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia. Center for Forest Business Publication No. 30. 137–147.

 


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