Planning for Wooded Acreages and Woodlands, August 2005

(2005) Planning for Wooded Acreages and Woodlands, August 2005. Iowa State University Extension


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PM2002B: People own wooded acreages and woodlands for a variety of reasons that may include: timber production, firewood production, recreation, wildlife habitat, aesthetics, and alternative forest products. Most of Iowa’s forestland is privately held, and the majority of ownership is fragmented into an average of ten acres (Forest Reserve Survey, 2004). In fact, the average size of an individual forest or woodlot ownership has been steadily declining for several years due in part to population growth, urban sprawl, and changes in land ownership. Studies indicate that the probability of a sustainable woodlot decreases as the population increases. At the same time, most woodlot owners want to be good stewards and protect and enhance the forest that they own. To achieve this goal, careful forest planning and management is required especially when managing the land for multiple objectives.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Wooded Acreages, Woodlands, Timber Production, Firewood Production
Subjects: Public Safety and consumer protection > Public safety > Firefighting and fire prevention
Natural resources and environment > Ecology > Types of environments > Forests
Natural resources and environment > Ecology
ID Code: 3626
Deposited By: Margaret Barr
Deposited On: 23 May 2006
Last Modified: 23 May 2006