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Studies of Private Forest Ownership in Southwestern Quebec

Jones, A. R. C., Lord, R. A.
Forestry chronicle 1970 v.46 no.1 pp. 34-38
attitudes and opinions, farmers, farms, forest ownership, forests, grazing, private forestry, questionnaires, reforestation, silvicultural practices, surveys, syrups, wood products, woodlots, Quebec
A survey of the ownership patterns and attitudes to forestry practices was conducted in Soulanges and Huntingdon counties, Quebec, in 1965. A bilingual questionnaire was used and over 400 woodlot owners were personally visited to obtain information on the current use of their woodlots. It was found that the majority of woodlot harvests were unplanned. Pasturing was common with reforestation being undertaken by less than 10 per cent of the owners in either county. The majority were unaware of the provincial reforestation assistance programme. Between 56 and 60 per cent of the owners were farmers with a prime interest in their woodlots as a source of products for home use. The remaining owners were non-farmers more interested in speculation, security or the recreational values of the woodlot. Close to half the owners have never sold forest or maple products, and improvement practices, other than fencing, occupied less than 10 per cent of the owners. Ten to 15 per cent have sold forest products regularly. No more than 6 per cent have sought forestry assistance directly. Many listed lack of time and know-how and better alternatives to be responsible for the general lack of use of the woodlot. The farm owner tended to use his woodlot for home use and on occasions sold wood products and syrup. He also attempted some improvements such as fencing or thinning. The non-farmer was more likely to reforest, but only 75 acres had been planted and only 19 owners had reforested more than one acre.