Lake States natural resource managers' perspectives on forest land parcelization and its implications for public land management
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Land Use Policy. 59: 320-328.
Field-based public natural resource managers in the Lake States (MI, MN, WI) were surveyed for theirperspectives on various aspects of private forest land parcelization. This includes their perceptions ofrecent changes in parcelization activity, drivers and impacts, mitigation strategies, and ability to influenceparcelization. Their perspectives on the implications private forest land parcelization has on public landmanagement were also sought. Across the Lake States, most public natural resource managers havewitnessed an increasing frequency of forest land parcelization. They consider development potential andproximity to population centers to be the most influential driver of parcelization, with decreased timbersupply and loss of recreational access on private land the most likely outcomes. The study documentedimportant perceived linkages between private forest land parcelization and public land management,such as increased conflicts on public land, decreased access to public land, and increased demand for andcost of managing public land.
KeywordsPublic forest land management Private forest land ownership Subdivision Parcellation Fragmentation
Kilgore, Michael A.; Snyder, Stephanie A. 2016. Lake States natural resource managers' perspectives on forest land parcelization and its implications for public land management. Land Use Policy. 59: 320-328. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2016.07.035.