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Volume 18, No. 3, Fall-Winter 2011 - School of Forest Resources ...

Volume 18, No. 3, Fall-Winter 2011 - School of Forest Resources ...

Volume 18, No. 3, Fall-Winter 2011 - School of Forest Resources

The Florida Forest Steward A Quarterly Newsletter for Florida Landowners and Resource Professionals Volume 18, No. 3 Fall - Winter 2011 In this issue: The Year of Forests Challenges of Reforestation The New Faces of Land Stewardship Mark Hainds’ “Year of the Pig” a Great Read Report Fox Squirrel Sightings Timber Price Update Events Calendar Inside: Challenges of Reforestation photo by Tyler Jones, UF-IFAS The Year of Forests By Chris Demers As we head into the final quarter of 2011, the “Year of Forests”, a look ahead is in order. With a crippled economy and stumpage prices for many forest products in a long-term slump, this has been among the most difficult years to encourage landowners to plant trees. Of course there is no shortage of great reasons to plant trees: for wildlife habitat, air quality, carbon sequestration, soil and water conservation, aesthetic beauty and recreation. However, for many landowners, until these values are coupled with some return on investment, they may not be adequate to justify establishing or regenerating forest stands when stumpage prices are low for an indefinite period of time. The big question now is can these benefits – environmental benefits – somehow be factored into the market equation. What are the real economic values of these benefits and, more importantly, how can landowners be paid for the air, water, soil and wildlife benefits that their forests provide Faculty and graduate students at the UF- IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation are working toward answering these questions. They have

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