Title: Enduring Racial Differences in Forestland Ownership and by G3gt67


									Title: Enduring Racial Differences in Forestland Ownership and
Management: Macon County, Alabama
Authors: John Schelhas, Esperance Namugabo, Robert Zabawa
Affiliation: USDA Forest Service and Tuskegee University

Abstract: Private forests comprise about 90% of the forest land in the U.S. South.
Private forests and their management are important for economic development,
timber supplies, forest health, watershed benefits, biodiversity, and global climate
change. In spite of the long history of research on and outreach programs for
private forest landowners, attention has only recently been directed at minority
and limited resource forest landowners. What work has been done suggests that
these landowners often have distinct characteristics, values, and ownership
objectives that in turn have implications for forest policy, outreach, and
assistance programs. Here we report the results of a recent survey of forest
landowners in Macon County, Alabama. The results indicate that black forest
landowners, when contrasted to white owners, have less land and engage in
fewer forest management activities. Black landowners have low levels of
engagement with and trust in forestry institutions and rely heavily of family
members for assistance. Yet black landowners highly value their land and have a
great desire for forest management information. We end by discussing some
innovative ways to reach minority forest land owners through community-based

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