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dc.contributor.authorNelson, Katieen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:40:46Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:40:46Z
dc.date.issued2009-06-15en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-06282009-164252en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/33803
dc.description.abstractUrbanization, changing forest landowner values, and restructuring forest industry are creating challenges for the active management of small parcels of forestland. Many traditional service providers are reluctant to service small acreage parcels due to economies of scale, shrinking profit margins for unprocessed stumpage, and changing landowner expectations. They do not understand traditional forestry operations and do not know where to look for service providers. A gap in our nationâ s forest system has emerged. A new market opportunity exists for service providers willing to work with small-scale forest landowners. In this study, over sixty forest service providers working with small acreage or amenity oriented clients were interviewed to determine how their business is structured, how they charge for the services they provide, what reactions they get from their clients, and how successful they perceive themselves to be. Informants came from a wide variety of professional backgrounds, including forestry, logging, arboriculture, landscaping, and woodworking. In addition, about 20 public-forest professionals were interviewed to determine how they and their programs are changing in response to emerging conditions. Successful service providers generally charge by some measure of time and materials rather than by commission. They exhibit a willingness to diversify their business to offer a bundle of services, and to cooperate with professionals in related industries. Value-added processing and creative marketing assist service providers in achieving a profit from small-scale tracts with traditionally low-value products. Lessons learned from these early adopters will assist other service providers interested in working with small acreage private landowners.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.relation.haspartKNelsonThesisCorrected.pdfen_US
dc.rightsI hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and attached hereto a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report, allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the version I submitted is the same as that approved by my advisory committee. I hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions specified below, my thesis, dissertation, or project report in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation or project report. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis, dissertation, or project report.en_US
dc.subjectsmall-scale forestry service providersen_US
dc.subjectamenity valuesen_US
dc.subjectdiversificationen_US
dc.subjectpayment structureen_US
dc.subjectcooperationen_US
dc.subjectgreen infrastructureen_US
dc.subjectforest fragmentationen_US
dc.subjectmarket-based solutionsen_US
dc.titleSmall-scale and Amenity Focused Forestry: Filling a Market Nicheen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentForestryen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineForestryen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairHull, Robert Bruce IVen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberStern, Marc J.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberMunsell, John F.en_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-06282009-164252/en_US
dc.date.sdate2009-06-28en_US
dc.date.rdate2009-08-05
dc.date.adate2009-08-05en_US


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