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Factors influencing the use of consulting foresters by non-industrial private forest landowners in Mississippi

Chhetri, Saga Godar, Gordon, Jason S., Munn, Ian A., Henderson, James E.
Forestry chronicle 2018 v.94 no.3 pp. 254-259
attitudes and opinions, consultants, educational status, foresters, forests, higher education, hiring, income, landowners, nonindustrial private forests, property tax, public services and goods, reforestation, regression analysis, surveys, Mississippi
Consulting foresters can help landowners make critical management decisions and encourage reforestation after a final harvest. However, previous research and anecdotal evidence from professional foresters suggest a large portion of Non-Industrial Private Forest (NIPF) landowners do not utilize the services provided by consulting foresters. This paper describes landowners’ willingness to hire consulting foresters. Two thousand and ten Mississippi NIPF landowners were randomly selected from a property tax roll mailing list. Participants were surveyed to determine their attitudes and behaviors regarding consulting foresters, and to identify the characteristics of those landowners willing to hire consultants. A binary probit regression model was used for analysis. Results indicated that one fourth of the survey participants were willing to use a consulting forester to manage their forest land. These landowners tended to have larger forest tracts, higher income, and higher education levels than their counterparts. In addition, age was negatively correlated with willingness to hire a consulting forester. The paper concludes by discussing the need to improve collaboration and communication between consulting foresters and landowners to improve the potential for high quality goods and services from NIPF lands.