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Forest Conservation

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Principal Investigator/Project Leader: 
Sponsoring Unit(s): 
Department of Project: 
Department of Environmental Conservation
Project Description: 

The proposal team of the Universities of Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont and Cornell aim to help stabilize the forested land base by working to ensure that a significant proportion of FFO lands are passed from one generation of landowners to the next with minimal amount of forest conversion and parcelization. The research component of this project will use landowner interviews and a mail survey to better understand how FFOs make decisions about the future of their land. These research findings will inform regional extension programs that use peer network and train-the-trainers approaches to help inform FFO decisions. By working to stabilize the land base in this way, this project will assist in maintaining a viable forest industry, and, ultimately, vibrant rural communities.

Environmental Conservation topics: 
Forest and Forest Conservation
Land Use & Land Protection