Mississippi State University
Grado, Stephen C.
Grala, Robert K.
Kanieski da Silva, Bruno
Date of Degree
Graduate Thesis - Campus Access Only
Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Forest Resources
Department of Forestry
Family forests comprise a significant portion of total forest lands in the southern United States and their owners frequently have multiple, competing objectives. This research evaluated the effectiveness of functional zoning based on site index on forest sizes relevant to family forest owners. A total of fifty family forests were randomly selected from counties in the East Texas Pineywoods region. Timber production and quail habitat were used as proxies for competing objectives. It was found that 80% of family forest parcels had sufficient site index heterogeneity to benefit from functional zoning. For forest parcels that could benefit from functional zoning, the benefit in terms of increased land expectation value was not found to be dependent on parcel size. At a 5% discount rate, the average benefit of land expectation value (LEV) was $15.61 per acre. This zoning approach provides multiple objectives while minimizing the economic impact of the non-revenue objectives.
Resch, Bradley S., "Evaluating functional zoning based on site index to achieve competing objectives held by family forest owners on southern U.S. pine forest tracts" (2022). Theses and Dissertations. 5537.
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