Public and Private Forest Disturbance Regimes in the Southern Appalachians
The choice to harvest timber depends on, among other things, the accessibility and location of the forest. This paper examines observed harvest choices derived from satellite imagery and tests for relationships between harvest probability and location, quality, and ownership attributes of the site. Results indicate that the overall probability of harvesting for public lands is significantly lower than for private lands. Substantially different disturbance patterns relative to location attributes are also established for hese groups. Reulsts suggest a way to include spatially explicit information regarding private land management in public land management plans. An example demonstrates how alternative uses of public lands might be considered in the broader context of multiple ownership landscape.