The Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention Program is a comprehensive effort to address the long-standing problem of under participation of African Americans in forest management. We conducted rapid appraisal baseline research for pilot projects in this program in three Southern states using a carefully selected purposive sample to enhance our understanding of minority landownership and forest management. We found that whereas land represents an important family resource across generations, heirs’ property status often results in insecure property ownership, and most families receive little or no economic return from their land. Forest stands tended to be naturally regenerated pine forests that require thinning, burning, or even complete harvest and replanting if owners are to benefit economically from forestry. Forestry can help families retain land and build assets, although most of the African American landowners included in our study noted that their previous engagement with forestry has been limited to opportunistic timber sales. Landowners expressed broad interest in future engagement in forestry activities and managing for wildlife. Our interviews with landowners revealed that the community-based pilot projects were building links among landowners and foresters to encourage sustainable forest management and retention of African American family land.

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  • Title: Engaging African American Landowners in Sustainable Forest Management
  • Description: Engaging African American Landowners in Sustainable Forest Management - Journal of Forestry Article
  • Authority: Peer-reviewed
  • Subject: SFLR journal article
  • Date: 2016-09-08
  • Creator: John Schelhas, Sarah Hitchner, Cassandra Johnson Gaither, Rory Fraser, Viniece Jennings, and Amadou Diop
  • Contributor: Danyelle O’Hara
  • Data integrity check passed: Yes
  • Format: Journal article
  • Coverage: USA, Southeast
  • Unique Database ID: 3632
  • Language: English
  • Methodology: First-hand experience
  • Publisher: Journal of Forestry
  • Relation: Trade Publication
  • Rights: Journal of Forestry copyright
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  • Type: Digital document
  • Version: 1.0.0