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New Forests

, Volume 50, Issue 1, pp 57–70 | Cite as

Costs of delayed reforestation and failure to reforest

  • Daowei ZhangEmail author
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Abstract

Lack of reforestation after timber harvesting or natural disturbances leads to forest loss and degradation in many parts of the world. In this paper, I illustrate that, as the extensive margins of reforestation and timber harvesting differ, some non-reforestation may be justified financially and economically even in places where market and institutional arrangements encourage reforestation. Nonetheless, considering the environmental benefits of reforestation would reduce the potential area of non-reforestation or the gap between the two margins. I further demonstrate with an example the substantial financial costs of delayed reforestation in the U.S. South and explain why reforestation is not taken on some private and public lands. I conclude with comments on reforestation from public policy and ethical perspectives.

Keywords

Reforestation Non-reforestation Faustmann formula Extensive margin Intensive margin Environmental benefits Land ethic 

Notes

Acknowledgements

I acknowledge comments received from Kas Dumroese, John Stanturf, Mette Wilkie, two anonymous referees an associate editor of this journal, and participants of Reforestation Matters Conference organized by U.S. Forest Service in Portland, Oregon between April 12 and 13, 2017. The usual disclaimer applies.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Forestry & Wildlife SciencesAuburn UniversityAuburnUSA
  2. 2.Forestry DepartmentFood and Agriculture Organization of the United NationsRomeItaly

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