Other private lands include military bases, historic sites, and the like. These lands may be far from other private property, making it a challenging environment.
If you want to check the status of other private lands in your area, there are several websites that list them such as Lands Only and Private Landscapes.
This can help in terms of checking if developments are going to affect a landowner’s control over their land. It also can help in terms of protecting rare ecosystems such as wildernesses.
Much like National Forest Land, Other Private Land can be valuable for sustainability and activism. For instance, projects like forest salvage efforts or re-use as nature preserves.
What are national forests?
A national forest is a land that is managed by the U.S. government as a place to live, enjoy nature, and gather. There are more than a handful of them around the country, and most aren’t very clear unless you know what they are looking for.
These lands are reserved for certain purposes, like providing habitat for wildlife or promoting tourism. Some areas even have specific uses like managing fish and wildlife or serving as a public transportation system.
What are other private lands?
Other private lands are lands that are not part of a national forest, but that are owned by someone else. These other private lands may be for sale or offerings may be made for them.
How much timber can be removed? The answer to this depends on what type of timber is on those lands.
Some commercial timber buyers can remove almost any type of timber from land they buy. Some home owners can only remove small amounts of wood, sometimes not even all year long growth.
It is up to the individual owner to find out what types of wood they want to own and if that is possible with the land they have.
bullet point: Some homes cannot afford the replacement of lost or removed timber and/or buying new land to replace some of it on.
How much timber was produced from national forests?
About one hundred and fifty thousand board feet of timbers are produced from the national forests in the United States. This number does not include all the lumber products such as flooring, countertops, cabinets, and structural timbers.
These numbers do not include all the timber produced on private lands as non-timber forest products such as wildflower meadows or old-growth forests can produce multiple hundred thousand board feet of timber.
Wilderness backcountry camps can produce over a million board feet of timber! Many campers choose to log at least part of their camp site when they are planning their trip.
Regardless, this amount of wood is valuable and should be produced. Only a small percentage of this is being produced on public land, making it more expensive for consumers to obtain quality wilderness land.
How much timber was produced from other private lands?
Nearly 500 million board feet of timber were recovered between 1950 and 2010 in the United States. This is an incredible amount of wood, and makes a huge impact on the timber supply.
However, most of this wood was produced on private lands. Most of these lands were not National Forest land, which is what we consider public land.
Public land contains restrictions on production such as high-quality lumber quality, distance from towns, and lack of commercial uses. It also tends to be older, causing less maintenance needs than newer private lands.
We can learn a lot about the effects of public land policy by looking at production on private lands.
Consequences of the timber industry
The logging industry has a way of compensating for any damage it causes. Over the past century, it has built a business model on harvesting public lands and selling the timber on market prices.
This system has created huge profits for companies, who must compete against each other to sell their timber. By law, they cannot charge more than a market price for their product.
Because of this system, many people feel that the timber industry is beyond criticism and that they are justified in polluting the land they cherish with billions of trees. This perception can be very strong in places where few people speak up against it.
This article will discuss some of the effects that the timber industry has had on nearby communities and how little people know about it.
As noted earlier, timber harvest can impact nearby natural systems. This can be an issue for both loggers and conservationists.
Logging can disrupt wildlife habitat and decrease the amount of wood available for other purposes. It also can contribute to water contamination and species decline, both of which are considered negative impacts on the conservation system.
Conservationists may oppose timber harvest because it decreases the amount of rare or endangered species that remain in their area. Some believe that too much logging increases homogenization in the area, contributing to increased conflicts between people and wildlife.
Bullet point: Cost savings
This helps keep more areas in use and protected, which is important when it comes to preserving habitat and sensitive species.
As noted earlier, the incidental removal of timber from other private lands can have significant economic impacts. Because the remaining timber is on other land, it is more expensive to obtain and harvest.
Some companies use incidental removal of timber as a way to directly contribute to conservation efforts. For example, a timber company may clear small amounts of woods on public lands to speed up the process of issuing a permit for construction or maintenance work on an old school building or other structure. By granting them a permit, the government can more quickly allow them access to the property for work purposes.
Because incidental logging can have significant economic impacts, it is important that it be accounted for in the conservation impact statement (CIS) used when requesting federal approval for land management practices. Incidental logging should not be removed unless necessary due to preserving or protecting specified species or critical habitat.
Who benefited from the industry?
Over the past few decades, the forests of California have been logged extensively. Many saw this as a necessity for maintaining a healthy environment, but today? We have more questions than answers.
Since 1980, nearly three million acres of public land has been logged. This includes public forest land and private land located in both National Forests and Federal Lands.
Many saw this as a necessity for maintaining a healthy environment, but today? We have more questions than answers.
In 1980, nearly three million acres of public land was logged. This includes private forest land and private land located in both National Forests and Federal Lands.