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Market Access and Forest Stewardship:   How Sustainability Certification and Renewable Biomass Mandates Threaten Nonindustrial Private Forests

 

 

 Table 1: Developing Watersheds Source: U.S. Forest Service19

In addition to water purification, private nonindustrial forests “furnish diverse habitats for fish and wildlife, providing the key to the conservation of many species.”20 Unlike industrial forests, which usually consist of planted stands of even-aged, monoculture trees, most nonindustrial private forests contain naturally regenerating, uneven-aged stands more capable of supporting a variety of plant and animal species.21

 

Water purification and wildlife habitat are just two of the many nontimber outputs produced on nonindustrial private forests. These forests are engines of environmental and amenity values. According to Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom, “individuals who live near a forest as well as individual resource users and those who live at some distance all benefit from the ‘public good’ of protecting forested land owned by private nonindustrial owners.”22

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