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Brett Butler

Research Forester
Forest Inventory & Analysis
160 Holdsworth Way
Amherst, Massachusetts 01003
Phone: 413-545-1387

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Current Research

My current research focuses on survey methods for collecting information from private forestland owners, analyzing trends in private forest-land owners and the land that they own, and studying the factors that influence decisions made by private landowners. To this end, I am in charge of the National Woodland Owner Survey and involved in a number of related projects, such as the Sustaining Family Forests Initiative.

Research Interests

I will continue to conduct the National Woodland Owner Survey and related research that helps provide the information needed to maintain and increase our understanding of private forest owners. Future projects will likely focus on improving methods for communicating with private forest owners, assessing the impact of private forest owners' harvesting propensities for biofuels and related timber supply studies, and quantifying the differences between new and old forest owners.

Why This Research is Important

There are over 11 million private forest owners in the United States who collectively own 421 million acres or 56 percent of the forest land in the United States. The fate of much of the nation's forests lies in the hands of this diverse and dynamic group of people and organizations.

Education

  • Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, Ph.D. Forest Science, 2005
  • University of Connecticut,Storrs,Connecticut, B.S. Natural Resource Management and Engineering, 1995

Professional Organizations

  • Society of American Foresters
  • Society and Natural Resources
  • IUFRO Small-Scale Forestry Working Group

Featured Publications & Products

  • Morin, Randall S.; Barnett, Chuck J.; Brand, Gary J.; Butler, Brett J.; De Geus, Robert; Hansen, Mark H.; Hatfield, Mark A.; Kurtz, Cassandra M.; Moser, W. Keith; Perry, Charles H.; Piva, Ron; Riemann, Rachel; Widmann, Richard; Wilmot, Sandy; Woodall, Chris W. 2011. Vermont's Forests 2007. Resour. Bull. NRS-51. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 56 p. [DVD included].
  • Butler, Brett J.; Kurtz, Cassandra; Moser, W. Keith; Payton, Bruce. 2011. Rhode Island's forest resources, 2010. Res. Note. NRS-113. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • Butler, Brett J.; Payton, Bruce. 2011. Rhode Island's forest resources, 2009. Res. Note. NRS-96. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • McCaskill, G.L.; McWilliams, W.H.; Butler, B.J.; Meneguzzo, D.M.; Barnett, C.J.; Hansen, M.H. 2011. Pennsylvania's forest resources, 2009. Res. Note NRS-90. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • McCaskill, G.L.; McWilliams, W.H.; Butler, B.J.; Meneguzzo, D.M.; Barnett, C.J.; Hansen, M.H. 2011. Pennsylvania's forest resources, 2008. Res. Note NRS-89. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.

Publications & Products

  • Kilgore, Michael A.; Snyder, Stephanie A.; Eryilmaz, Derya; Markowski-Lindsay, Marla A.; Butler, Brett J.; Kittredge, David B.; Catanzaro, Paul F.; Hewes, Jaketon H.; Andrejczyk, Kyle. 2015. Assessing the relationship between different forms of landowner assistance and family forest owner behaviors and intentions. Journal of Forestry. 113(1): 12-19.
  • Butler, Brett J.; Crocker, Susan J. 2015. Forests of Connecticut, 2014. Resource Update FS-56. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • Nelson, Mark D.; Brewer, Matt; Butler, Brett J.; Pugh, Scott A. 2015. Forests of Iowa, 2014. Resource Update FS-34. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • Butler, Brett J.; Crocker, Susan J. 2015. Forests of Massachusetts, 2014. Resource Update FS-57. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • Butler, Brett J.; Crocker, Susan J. 2015. Forests of Rhode Island, 2014. Resource Update FS-58. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • Morin, Randall S.; Barnett, Chuck J.; Butler, Brett J.; Crocker, Susan J.; Domke, Grant M.; Hansen, Mark H.; Hatfield, Mark A.; Horton, Jonathan; Kurtz, Cassandra M.; Lister, Tonya W.; Miles, Patrick D.; Nelson, Mark D.; Piva, Ronald J.; Wilmot, Sandy; Widmann, Richard H.; Woodall, Christopher W.; Zaino, Robert. 2015. Forests of Vermont and New Hampshire 2012. Resour. Bull. NRS-95. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 80 p.
  • Butler, Brett J.; Hewes, Jaketon H.; Liknes, Greg C.; Nelson, Mark D.; Snyder, Stephanie A. 2014. A comparison of techniques for generating forest ownership spatial products. Applied Geography. 46: 21-34.
  • Song, Nianfu; Aguilar, Francisco X.; Butler, Brett J. 2014. Conservation Easements and Management by Family Forest Owners: A Propensity Score Matching Approach with Multi-Imputations of Survey Data. Forest Science. 60(2): 298-307.
  • Butler, Brett J.; Markowski-Lindsay, Marla; Snyder, Stephanie; Catanzaro, Paul; Kittredge, David B.; Andrejczyk, Kyle; Dickinson, Brenton J.; Eryilmaz, Derya; Hewes, Jaketon H.; Randler, Paula; Tadle, Donna; Kilgore, Michael A. 2014. Effectiveness of landowner assistance activities: an examination of the USDA Forest Service's Forest Stewardship Program. Journal of Forestry. 112(2): 187-197.
  • Greene, John L.; Butler, Brett J.; Catanzaro, Paul F.; Hewes, Jaketon H.; Kilgore, Michael A.; Kittredge, David B.; Ma, Zhao; Tyrrell, Mary L. 2014. Family forest owners and federal taxes. Forest Policy and Economics 38:219–226.
  • Shifley, Stephen R.; Moser, W. Keith; Nowak, David J.; Miles, Patrick D.; Butler, Brett J.; Aguilar, Francisco X.; DeSantis, Ryan D.; Greenfield, Eric J. 2014. Five anthropogenic factors that will radically alter forest conditions and management needs in the Northern United States. Forest Science. 60(5): 914-925.
  • Butler, Brett J. 2014. Forests of Connecticut, 2013. Resource Update FS-19. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • Meneguzzo, D.M.; Butler, B.J. 2014. Forests of Kansas, 2013. Resource Update FS-17. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 5 p.
  • Butler, Brett J. 2014. Forests of Massachusetts, 2013. Resource Update FS-20. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • Butler, Brett J. 2014. Forests of Rhode Island, 2013. Resource Update FS-18. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • Shifley, Stephen R.; Moser, W. Keith; Goerndt, Michael E.; Song, Nianfu; Nelson, Mark D.; Nowak, David J.; Miles, Patrick D.; Butler, Brett J.; DeSantis, Ryan D.; Aguilar, Francisco X.; Tavernia, Brian G. 2014. Futures project anticipates changes and challenges facing forests of the northern United States. In: Groninger, John W.; Holzmueller, Eric J.; Nielsen, Clayton K.; Dey, Daniel C., eds. Proceedings, 19th Central Hardwood Forest Conference; 2014 March 10-12; Carbondale, IL. General Technical Report NRS-P-142. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 16-17.
  • Hewes, Jaketon H.; Butler, Brett J.; Liknes, Greg C.; Nelson, Mark D.; Snyder, Stephanie A. 2014. Map of distribution of six forest ownership types in the conterminous United States. Res. Map NRS-6. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. [Scale 1: 10,000,000, 1: 34,000,000.].
  • Widmann, Richard H; Randall, Cotton K.; Butler, Brett J.; Domke, Grant M.; Griffith, Douglas M.; Kurtz, Cassandra M.; Moser, W. Keith; Morin, Randall S.; Nelson, Mark D.; Riemann, Rachel; Woodall, Christopher W. 2014. Ohio's Forests 2011. Resour. Bull. NRS-90. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 68 p.
  • Butler, Brett J. 2013. Connecticut's forest resources, 2012. Res. Note NRS-188. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 3 p.
  • Tyrrell, Mary L.; Apsley, David; Chawla, Purnima; Butler, Brett. 2013. Engaging landowners effectively: creating a Call Before You Cut campaign in the central hardwoods region. In: Miller, Gary W.; Schuler, Thomas M.; Gottschalk, Kurt W.; Brooks, John R.; Grushecky, Shawn T.; Spong, Ben D.; Rentch, James S., eds. Proceedings, 18th Central Hardwood Forest Conference; 2012 March 26-28; Morgantown, WV; Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-117. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 142-150.
  • Chatziefstratiou, Efthalia K.; Bohrer, Gil; Bova, Anthony S.; Subramanian, Ravishankar; Frasson, Renato P.M.; Scherzer, Amy; Butler, Bret W.; Dickinson, Matthew B. 2013. FireStem2D — A two-dimensional heat transfer model for simulating tree stem injury in fires. PLoS One. 8(7): e70110. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0070110.
  • Butler, Brett J.; Wear, David N. 2013. Forest ownership dynamics of southern forests. In: Wear, David N.; Greis, John G., eds. 2013. The Southern Forest Futures Project: technical report. Gen. Tech. Rep. SRS-GTR-178. Asheville, NC: USDA-Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 103-121.
  • Mondal, Pinki.; Butler, Brett J.; Kittredge, David B.; Moser, Warren K. 2013. How are America's private forests changing? An integrated assessment of forest management, housing pressure, and urban development in alternate emissions scenarios. Land Use Policy. 32: 230-238.
  • Crocker, Susan J.; Nelson, Mark D.; Barnett, Charles J.; Butler, Brett J.; Domke, Grant M.; Hansen, Mark H.; Hatfield, Mark A.; Lister, Tonya W.; Meneguzzo, Dacia M.; Piva, Ronald J.; Wilson, Barry T.; Woodall, Christopher W. 2013. Illinois' Forests 2010. Resour. Bull. NRS-86. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 52 p.
  • Moser, W. Keith; Hansen, Mark H.; Atchison, Robert L.; Butler, Brett J.; Crocker, Susan J.; Domke, Grant; Kurtz, Cassandra M.; Lister, Andrew; Miles, Patrick D.; Nelson, Mark D.; Piva, Ronald J.; Woodall, Christopher W. 2013. Kansas' Forests 2010. Resour. Bull. NRS-85. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 63 p.
  • Butler, Brett J. 2013. Massachusetts' forest resources, 2012. Res. Note NRS-189. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 3 p.
  • Haugen, David E.; Harsel, Robert; Bergdahl, Aaron; Claeys, Tom; Woodall, Christopher W.; Wilson, Barry T.; Crocker, Susan J.; Butler, Brett J.; Kurtz, Cassandra M.; Hatfield, Mark A.; Barnett, Charles H.; Domke, Grant; Kaisershot, Dan; Moser, W. Keith; Lister, Andrew J.; Gormanson, Dale D. 2013. North Dakota's Forests 2010. Resour. Bull. NRS-76. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 52 p.
  • McCaskill, George L.; McWilliams, William H.; Alerich, Carol A.; Butler, Brett J.; Crocker, Susan J.; Domke, Grant M.; Griffith, Doug; Kurtz, Cassandra M.; Lehman, Shawn; Lister, Tonya W.; Morin, Randall S.; Moser, W. Keith; Roth, Paul; Riemann, Rachel; Westfall, James A. 2013. Pennsylvania's Forests, 2009. Resour. Bull. NRS-82. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 52 p.
  • Butler, Brett J. 2013. Rhode Island's forest resources, 2012. Res. Note. NRS-190. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 3 p.
  • Piva, Ronald J.; Walters, Brian F.; Haugan, Douglas D.; Josten, Gregory J.; Butler, Brett J.; Crocker, Susan J.; Domke, Grant M.; Hatfield, Mark A.; Kurtz, Cassandra M.; Lister, Andrew J.; Lister, Tonya W.; Moser, W. Keith; Nelson, Mark D.; Woodall, Christopher W. 2013. South Dakota's Forests 2010. Resour. Bull. NRS-81. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 60 p.
  • Snyder, Stephanie A.; Butler, Brett J. 2012. A national assessment of public recreational access on family forestlands in the United States. Journal of Forestry. 110(6): 318-327.
  • Butler, Brett J.; Dickinson, Brenton J.; Hewes, Jaketon H. 2012. Assessing forest ownership dynamics in the United States: Methods and challenges. In: Morin, Randall S.; Liknes, Greg C., comps. Moving from status to trends: Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) symposium 2012; 2012 December 4-6; Baltimore, MD. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-105. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. [CD-ROM]: 12-15.
  • Butler, Brett J.; Morin, Randall S.; Nelson, Mark D. 2012. Connecticut's forest resources, 2011. Res. Note NRS-149. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • Lister, Tonya W.; Gladders, Glenn; Barnett, Charles J.; Brand, Gary J.; Butler, Brett J.; Crocker, Susan J.; Domke, Grant M.; Griffith, Douglas M.; Hatfield, Mark A.; Kurtz, Cassandra M.; Lister, Andrew J.; Morin, Randall S.; Moser, W. Keith; Nelson, Mark D.; Perry, Charles H.; Piva, Ronald J.; Riemann, Rachel; Woodall, Christopher W. 2012. Delaware's Forests 2008. Resour. Bull. NRS-62. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 56 p. [DVD included].
  • Dickinson, Brenton J.; Butler, Brett J.; Kilgore, Michael A.; Catanzaro, Paul; Greene, John; Hewes, Jaketon H.; Kittredge, David; Tyrrell, Mary. 2012. Forest values and the impact of the federal estate tax on family forests. In: Morin, Randall S.; Liknes, Greg C., comps. Moving from status to trends: Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) symposium 2012; 2012 December 4-6; Baltimore, MD. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-105. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. [CD-ROM]: 20-25.
  • Butler, Brett J.; Morin, Randall S.; Nelson, Mark D. 2012. Massachusetts' forest resources, 2011. Res. Note NRS-150. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • Meneguzzo, Dacia M; Crocker, Susan J.; Nelson, Mark D.; Barnett, Charles J.; Butler, Brett J.; Domke, Grant M.; Hansen, Mark H.; Hatfield, Mark A.; Liknes, Greg C.; Lister, Andrew J.; Lister, Tonya W.; Piva, Ronald J.; Wilson, Barry T. (Ty); Woodall, Christopher W. 2012. Nebraska's Forests 2010. Resour. Bull. NRS-68 . Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 47 p. [DVD included].
  • Widmann, Richard H.; Crawford, Sloane; Barnett, Charles; Butler, Brett J.; Domke, Grant M.; Griffith, Douglas M.; Hatfield, Mark A.; Kurtz, Cassandra M.; Lister, Tonya W.; Morin, Randall S.; Moser, W. Keith; Perry, Charles H.; Riemann, Rachel; Woodall, Christopher W. 2012. New York's Forests 2007. New York's Forests 2007. Resour. Bull. NRS-65. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 64 p. [DVD included].
  • Butler, Brett J.; Morin, Randall S.; Nelson, Mark D. 2012. Rhode Island's forest resources, 2011. Res. Note. NRS-151. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • Widmann, Richard H.; Cook, Gregory W.; Barnett, Charles J.; Butler, Brett J.; Griffith, Douglas M.; Hatfield, Mark A.; Kurtz, Cassandra M.; Morin, Randall S.; Moser, W. Keith; Perry, Charles H.; Piva, Ronald J.; Riemann, Rachel; Woodall, Christopher W. 2012. West Virginia's Forests 2008. Resour. Bull. NRS-61 Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 64 p. [DVD included].
  • Perry, Charles H.; Everson, Vern A.; Butler, Brett J.; Crocker, Susan J.; Dahir, Sally E.; Diss-Torrance, Andrea L.; Domke, Grant M; Gormanson, Dale D.; Herrick, Sarah K.; Hubbard, Steven S.; Mace, Terry R.; Miles, Patrick D.; Nelson, Mark D.; Rodeout, Richard B.; Saunders, Luke T.; Stueve, Kirk M.; Wilson, Barry T.; Woodall, Christopher W. 2012. Wisconsin's Forests 2009. Resour. Bull. NRS-67. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 62 p. [Includes DVD].
  • Butler, Brett J.; Martin, Christopher. 2011. Connecticut's forest resources, 2009. Res. Note NRS-98. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • Butler, Brett J.; Kurtz, Cassandra; Martin, Christopher; Moser, W. Keith. 2011. Connecticut's forest resources, 2010. Res. Note NRS-107. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • Butler, Brett J.; Hewes, Jaketon H.; Catanzaro, Paul; Greene, John L.; Kilgore, Michael A.; et., al. 2011. Effects of federal, state, and local tax policies on family forest owners. Technical Report, Family Forest Research Center. 74 p.
  • Butler, Brett J.; Ma, Zhao. 2011. Family Forest Owner Trends in the Northern United States. Northern Journal of Applied Forestry. 28(1): 13-18.
  • Butler, Brett J. 2011. Family forest owners rule!. Forest History Today. Spring/Fall: 87-91.
  • Woodall, Christopher W.; Webb, Mark N.; Wilson, Barry T.; Settle, Jeff; Piva, Ron J.; Perry, Charles H.; Meneguzzo, Dacia M.; Crocker, Susan J.; Butler, Brett J.; Hansen, Mark; Hatfield, Mark; Brand, Gary; Barnett, Charles. 2011. Indiana's Forests 2008. Resour. Bull. NRS-45. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 56 p. [CD included].
  • Nelson, Mark D.; Brewer, Matt; Woodall, Christopher W.; Perry, Charles H.; Domke, Grant M.; Piva, Ronald J.; Kurtz, Cassandra M.; Moser, W. Keith; Lister, Tonya W.; Butler, Brett J.; Meneguzzo, Dacia M.; Miles, Patrick D.; Barnett, Charles J.; Gormanson, Dale. 2011. Iowa's Forests 2008. Resour. Bull. NRS-52. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 48 p. [DVD included].
  • McCaskill, George L.; McWilliams, William H.; Barnett, Charles J.; Butler, Brett J.; Hatfield, Mark A.; Kurtz, Cassandra M.; Morin, Randall S.; Moser, W. Keith; Perry, Charles H.; Woodall, Christopher W. 2011. Maine's forests 2008. Resour. Bull. NRS- 48. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 62 p. [DVD included].
  • Lister, T.W.; Perdue, J.L.; Barnett, C.J.; Butler, B.J.; Crocker, S.J.; Domke, G.M.; Griffith, D.; Hatfield, M.A.; Kurtz, C.M.; Lister, A.J.; Morin, R.S.; Moser, W.K.; Nelson, M.D.; Perry, C.H.; Piva, R.J.; Riemann, R.; Widmann, R.; Woodall, C.W. 2011. Maryland's Forests 2008. Resour. Bull. NRS-58. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 60 p. [DVD included].
  • Butler, Brett J.; Boyce, Gordon. 2011. Massachusetts' forest resources, 2009. Res. Note NRS-97. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • Butler, Brett J.; Hill, William N.; Kurtz, Cassandra; Moser, W. Keith. 2011. Massachusetts' forest resources, 2010. Res. Note NRS-114. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • Miles, Patrick D.; Heinzen, David; Mielke, Manfred E.; Woodall, Christopher W.; Butler, Brett J.; Piva, Ron J.; Meneguzzo, Dacia M.; Perry, Charles H.; Gormanson, Dale D.; Barnett, Charles J. 2011. Minnesota's Forests 2008. Bull. NRS-50. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northen Research Station. 67 p. [DVD included].
  • Raeker, Gus; Moser, W. Keith; Butler, Brett J.; Fleming, John; Gormanson, Dale D.; Hansen, Mark H.; Kurtz, Cassandra M.; Miles, Patrick D.; Morris, Mike; Treiman, Thomas B. 2011. Missouri's forests 2008. Resour. Bull. NRS-54. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 55 p. [DVD included].
  • Morin, Randall S.; Barnett, Chuck J.; Brand, Gary J.; Butler, Brett J.; Domke, Grant M.; Francher, Susan; Hansen, Mark H.; Hatfield, Mark A.; Kurtz, Cassandra M.; Moser, W. Keith; Perry, Charles H.; Piva, Ron; Riemann, Rachel; Woodall, Chris W. 2011. New Hampshire's Forests 2007. Resour. Bull. NRS-53. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 56 p. [DVD included].
  • Crocker, Susan J.; Nelson, Mark D.; Barnett, Charles J.; Brand, Gary J.; Butler, Brett J.; Domke, Grant M.; Hansen, Mark H.; Hatfield, Mark A.; Lister, Tonya W.; Meneguzzo, Dacia M.; Perry, Charles H.; Piva, Ronald J.; Wilson, Barry T.; Woodall, Christopher W.; Zipse, Bill. 2011. New Jersey's forests, 2008. Resour. Bull. NRS-59. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 52 p. [DVD included].
  • McCaskill, G.L.; McWilliams, W.H.; Butler, B.J.; Meneguzzo, D.M.; Barnett, C.J.; Hansen, M.H. 2011. Pennsylvania's forest resources, 2007. Res. Note NRS-88. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 6 p.
  • Butler, Brett J.; Barnett, Charles J.; Crocker, Susan J.; Domke, Grant M.; Gormanson, Dale ; Hill, William N.; Kurtz, Cassandra M.; Lister, Tonya; Martin, Christopher; Miles, Patrick D.; Morin, Randall; Moser, W. Keith; Nelson, Mark D.; O'Connell, Barbara; Payton, Bruce; Perry, Charles H.; Piva, Ronald J.; Riemann, Rachel; Woodall, Christopher W. 2011. The Forests of Southern New England, 2007: A report on the forest resources of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. Resour. Bull. NRS-55. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 48 p. [DVD included].
  • Bengston, David N.; Asah, Stanley T.; Butler, Brett J. 2011. The diverse values and motivations of family forest owners in the United States: An analysis of an open-ended question in the National Woodland Owner Survey. Small-Scale Forestry. 10: 339-355.
  • Butler, Brett J.; Martin, Christopher; McWilliams, William; O'Connell, Barbara. 2010. Connecticut's forest resources, 2007. Res. Note NRS-44. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 5 p.
  • Butler, Brett J.; Martin, Christopher; O'Connell, Barbara. 2010. Connecticut's forest resources, 2008. Res. Note NRS-45. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • Lister, T.W.; Gladders, G.; Butler, B.; Barnett, C.; O'Connell, B. 2010. Delaware's forest resources, 2008. Res. Note NRS-71. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • McCaskill, G.L.; McWilliams, W.H.; Butler, B.J.; Barnett, C.J.; Hansen, M.H. 2010. Maine's forest resources, 2006. Res. Note. NRS-51. Newtown Square, PA. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 5 p.
  • McCaskill, G.L.; McWilliams, W.H.; Butler, B.J.; Meneguzzo, D.M.; Barnett, C.J.; Hansen, M.H. 2010. Maine's forest resources, 2007. Res. Note NRS-52. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • McCaskill, G.L.; McWilliams, W.H.; Butler, B.J.; Meneguzzo, D.M.; Barnett, C.J.; Hansen, M.H. 2010. Maine's forest resources, 2008. Res. Note NRS-53. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • Nelson, Mark D.; Liknes, Greg C.; Butler, Brett J. 2010. Map of forest ownership in the conterminous United States. [Scale 1:7,500,000].. Res. Map NRS-2. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station.
  • Lister, T.W.; Perdue, J.; Butler, B.; Barnett, C.; O'Connell, B. 2010. Maryland's forest resources, 2008. Note NRS-69. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • Butler, Brett J.; Boyce, Gordon; McWilliams, William; O'Connell, Barbara. 2010. Massachusetts' forest resources, 2007. Res. Note NRS-46. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 5 p.
  • Butler, Brett J.; Boyce, Gordon; McWilliams, William; O'Connell, Barbara. 2010. Massachusetts' forest resources, 2008. Res. Note NRS-47. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • Morin, R.S.; Butler, B.J.; Tansey, M. 2010. New Hampshire's forest resources, 2008. Res. Note. NRS-57. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • Widmann, R.H.; Butler, B.J.; Crawford, S. 2010. New York's forest resources, 2008. Res. Note. NRS-66. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • Widmann, R.H.; Butler, B.J.; Balser, D. 2010. Ohio's forest resources, 2008. Res. Note NRS-63. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • Liknes, Greg C.; Nelson, Mark D.; Butler, Brett J. 2010. Public and private forest ownership in the conterminous United States. Chapter 6.. In: Eredics, Peter, ed. Mapping Forestry. Redlands, CA: ESRI Press: 21-24. .
  • Zheng, Daolan; Heath, Linda S.; Ducey, Mark J.; Butler, Brett. 2010. Relationships between major ownerships, forest aboveground biomass distributions, and landscape dynamics in the New England Region of USA. Environmental Management. 45: 377-386.
  • Butler, Brett J.; McWilliams, William; O'Connell, Barbara; Payton, Bruce. 2010. Rhode Island's forest resources, 2007. Res. Note NRS-48. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 5 p.
  • Butler, Brett J.; O'Connell, Barbara; Payton, Bruce. 2010. Rhode Island's forest resources, 2008. Res. Note NRS-49. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • Butler, Brett J.; Zhao, Ma; Kittredge, David B.; Catanzaro, Paul. 2010. Social versus biophysical availability of wood in the northern United States. Northern Journal of Applied Forestry. 27(4): 151-159.
  • Morin, R.S.; Butler, B.J.; De Geus, R. 2010. Vermont's forest resources, 2008. Res. Note. NRS-55. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • Widmann, R.H.; Butler, B.J.; Cook, G.W. 2010. West Virginia's forest resources, 2008. Res. Note NRS-61. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • Moser, W. Keith; Leatherberry, Earl C.; Hansen, Mark H.; Butler, Brett J. 2009. Farmers' objectives toward their woodlands in the upper Midwest of the United States: implications for woodland volumes and diversity. Agroforestry Systems. 75: 49-60.
  • Crocker, Susan J.; Brand, Gary J.; Butler, Brett J.; Haugen, David E.; Little, Dick C.; Meneguzzo, Dacia M.; Perry, Charles H.; Piva, Ronald J.; Wilson, Barry T.; Woodall, Christopher W. 2009. Illinois' Forests 2005. Resour. Bull. NRS-29. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 114 p.
  • Moser, W.K.; Hansen, M.H.; Butler, B.J.; Atchison, R.L. 2009. Kansas' forest resources, 2008. Res. Note NRS-39. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • Pugh, Scott A.; Hansen, Mark H.; Pedersen, Lawrence D.; Heym, Douglas C.; Butler, Brett J.; Crocker, Susan J.; Meneguzzo, Dacia; Perry, Charles H.; Haugen, David E.; Woodall, Christopher; Jepsen, Ed. 2009. Michigan's forests 2004. Resour. Bull. NRS-34. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 210 p.
  • Moser, W.K.; Hansen, M.H.; Butler, B.J.; Treiman, T.B. 2009. Missouri’s forest resources, 2008. Res. Note. NRS-40. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • Haugen, David E.; Kangas, Michael; Crocker, Susan J.; Perry, Charles H.; Woodall, Christopher W.; Butler, Brett J.; Wilson, Barry T.; Kaisershot, Dan J. 2009. North Dakota's forests 2005. Resour. Bull. NRS-31. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 82 p.
  • Widmann, Richard H.; Balser, Dan; Barnett, Charles; Butler, Brett J.; Griffith, Douglas M.; Lister, Tonya W.; Moser, W. Keith; Perry, Charles H.; Riemann, Rachel; Woodall, Christopher W. 2009. Ohio forests: 2006. Resour. Bull. NRS-36. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 119 p.
  • Piva, Ronald J.; Moser, W. Keith; Haugan, Douglas D.; Josten, Gregory J.; Brand, Gary J.; Butler, Brett J.; Crocker, Susan J.; Hansen, Mark H.; Meneguzzo, Dacia M.; Perry, Charles H.; Woodall, Christopher W. 2009. South Dakota's forests 2005. Resour. Bull. NRS-35. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 96 p.
  • Bengston, David N.; Butler, Brett J.; Asah, Stanley T. 2009. Values and motivations of private forest owners in the United States: a framework based on open-ended responses in the national woodland owner survey. In: Klenosky, David B.; Fisher, Cherie LeBlanc, eds. Proceedings of the 2008 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium; 2008 March 30 - April 1; Bolton Landing, NY. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-42. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 60-66.
  • Butler, Brett J.; Goodnight, I. Ted; Hochholzer, Helene F.; O'Connell, Barbara; Tirrell, Bryan. 2008. Connecticut's Forest Resources, 2006. Res. Note. NRS-15. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • Butler, Brett J. 2008. Family Forest Owners of the United States, 2006. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-27. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 72 p.
  • Butler, Brett J. 2008. Forest ownership patterns are changing. Naional Woodlands. spring: 8-9.
  • Moser, W. Keith; Hansen, Mark H.; Atchison, Robert L.; Brand, Gary J.; Butler, Brett J.; Crocker, Susan J.; Meneguzzo, Dacia M.; Nelson, Mark D.; Perry, Charles H.; Reading, William H. IV; Wilson, Barry T.; Woodall, Christopher W. 2008. Kansas forests 2005. Resour. Bull. NRS-26. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 125 p.
  • Butler, Brett J.; Burnham, Charles; Goodnight, I. Ted; O'Connell, Barbara; Tirrell, Bryan. 2008. Massachusetts' Forest Resources, 2006. Res. Note. NRS-13. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p. .
  • Meneguzzo, Dacia M.; Butler, Brett J.; Crocker, Susan J.; Haugen, David E.; Moser, W. Keith; Perry, Charles H.; Wilson, Barry T.; Woodall, Christopher W. 2008. Nebraska's forests, 2005. Resour. Bull. NRS-27. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 94 p.
  • Butler, Brett J.; Goodnight, I. Ted; O'Connell, Barbara; Payton, Bruce; Tirrell, Bryan. 2008. Rhode Island's Forest Resources, 2006. Res. Note. NRS-14. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 4 p.
  • Perry, Charles H. (Hobie); Everson, Vern A.; Brown, Ian K.; Cummings-Carlson, Jane; Dahir, Sally E.; Jepsen, Edward A.; Kovach, Joe; Labissoniere, Michael D.; Mace, Terry R.; Padley, Eunice A.; Rideout, Richard B.; Butler, Brett J.; Crocker, Susan J.; Liknes, Greg C.; Morin, Randall S.; Nelson, Mark D.; Wilson, Barry T. (Ty); Woodall, Christopher W. 2008. Wisconsin's forests, 2004. Resour. Bull. NRS-23. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 104 p.
  • McWilliams, William H.; Cassell, Seth P.; Alerich, Carol L.; Butler, Brett J.; Hoppus, Michael L.; Horsley, Stephen B.; Lister, Andrew J.; Lister, Tonya W.; Morin, Randall S.; Perry, Charles H.; Westfall, James A.; Wharton, Eric H.; Woodall, Christopher W. 2007. Pennsylvania's Forest 2004. Resour. Bull. NRS-20. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 86 p.
  • Butler, Brett J.; Tyrrell, Mary; Feinberg, Geoff; VanManen, Scott; Wiseman, Larry; Wallinger, Scott. 2007. Understanding and reaching family forest owners: lessons from social marketing research. Journal of Forestry. October/November: 348-357.
  • Butler, Brett J.; King, Susan L. 2005. Assessment and Mapping of Forest Parcel Sizes. In: Proceedings of the fifth annual forest inventory and analysis symposium; 2003 November 18-20; New Orleans, LA. Gen. Tech. Rep. WO-69. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. 222p.
  • Butler, Brett J.; Leatherberry, Earl C.; Williams, Michael S.; Williams, Michael S. 2005. Design, implementation, and analysis methods for the National Woodland Owner Survey. Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-336. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station. 43 p.
  • Moser, W. Keith; Leatherberry, Earl C.; Hansen, Mark H.; Butler, Brett. 2005. Farmers and woods: a look at woodlands and woodland-owner intentions in the heartland. Moser W.K., Leatherberry E.C., Hansen M.H. and Butler B. 2005. Farmers and woods: a look at woodlands and woodland owner intentions in the heartland. In: Brooks K.N. and Ffolliott P.F. (eds) Moving Agroforestry into the Mainstream. Proc. 9th N. Am. Agroforest. Conf., Rochester, MN. 12-15 June 2005 [CD-ROM]. Dept. Forest Resources, Univ. Minnesota, St. Paul, MN, 14 p.
  • Butler, Brett J. 2005. Generating Broad-Scale Forest Ownership Maps: A Closest-Neighbor Approach. In: Proceedings of the fifth annual forest inventory and analysis symposium; 2003 November 18-20; New Orleans, LA. Gen. Tech. Rep. WO-69. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. 222p.
  • Woodall, Christopher; Johnson, Dan; Gallion, Joey; Perry, Charles; Butler, Brett; Piva, Ron; Jepsen, Ed; Nowak, Dave; Marshall, Phil. 2005. Indiana's forests 1999-2003 (Part A). Resour. Bull. NC-253A. St. Paul, MN: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Research Station. 94 p.
  • Lister, Andrew; Scott, Charles; King, Susan; Hoppus, Michael; Butler, Brett ; Griffith, Douglas. 2005. Strategies for Preserving Owner Privacy in the National Information Management System of the USDA Forest Service's Forest Inventory and Analysis Unit. In: McRoberts, Ronald E.; Reams, Gregory A.; Van Deusen, Paul C.; McWilliams, William H.; Cieszewski, Chris J., eds. Proceedings of the fourth annual forest inventory and analysis symposium; Gen. Tech. Rep. NC-252. St. Paul, MN: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Research Station. 163-166.
  • McWilliams, William H.; Butler, Brett J.; Caldwell, Laurence E.; Griffith, Douglas M.; Hoppus, Michael L.; Laustsen, Kenneth M.; Lister, Andrew J.; Lister, Tonya W.; Metzler, Jacob W.; Morin, Randall S.; Sader, Steven A.; Stewart, Lucretia B.; Steinman, James R.; Westfall, James, A.; Williams, David A.; Whitman, Andrew; Woodall, Christopher W.; Woodall, Christopher W. 2005. The forests of Maine: 2003. Resour. Bull. NE-164. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station. 188 p. .
  • Butler, Brett J.; Leatherberry, Earl C. 2004. America's family forest owners. Journal of Forestry. 102(7):4-9.
  • Alig, Ralph J.; Butler, Brett J. 2004. Area changes for forest cover types in the United States, 1952 to 1997, with projections to 2050.. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-613. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 106 p.
  • Butler, Brett J.; Swenson, Jennifer J.; Alig, Ralph J. 2004. Forest fragmentation in the Pacific Northwest: quantification and correlations. Forest Ecology and Management. 189: 363-373.
  • Alig, Ralph J.; Butler, Brett J. 2004. Projecting large-scale area changes in land use and land cover for terrestrial carbon analyses.. Environmental Management. 33(4): 443-456.
  • Conner, Roger C.; Adams, Tim; Butler, Brett J.; Bechtold, William A.; Johnson, Tony G.; Oswalt, Sonja N.; Smith, Gretchen; Will-Wolf, Susan; Woodall, Christopher W. 2004. The state of South Carolina's forests, 2001. Resour. Bull. SRS–96. Asheville, NC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Research Station. 67 p.
  • Butler, Brett J.; Stanfield, Brooks J. 2002. Land ownership dynamics in the Big Elk Valley in Oregon during the 20th century.. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-531. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 25 p.
  • Alig, Ralph; Mills, John; Butler, Brett. 2002. Private timberlands: growing demands, shrinking land base.. Journal of Forestry. 6 p.
  • Barnett, Charles; Butler, Brett; Dolan, Paul; Dupree, Thomas; Emery, Marla; Lister, Andrew; Lister, Tonya; Ricard, Paul; Sparks, Catherine; Wharton, Eric; Widmann, Richard. 2002. The Forests of Rhode Island. NE-INF-155-02. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station. 24 p.
  • Kline, Jeffrey D.; Butler, Brett J.; Alig, Ralph J. 2002. Tree planting in the south: what does the future hold.. Southern Journal of Applied Forestry. 26(2): 99-107.
  • Birch, Thomas W.; Butler, Brett J.; Butler, Brett J. 2001. Private forest-land owners of New York: 1980 and 1994. Resour. Bull. NE-153. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station. 75 p.
  • Alig, Ralph J.; Zheng, Daolan; Spies, Thomas A.; Butler, Brett J. 2000. Forest cover dynamics in the Pacific Northwest west side: regional trends and predictions.. Res. Pap. PNW-RP-522. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 22 p.

National Research Highlights

Forest Ownership Map of the Conterminous United States (2014)
Nearly two-thirds of the forests of the conterminous U.S. are privately owned, not publicly owned, as many assume. To help clear up this understanding, Forest Service scientists have created a map and a spatial data product to help illustrate the distribution of forest ownership across the nation.


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