Owning and Managing Forests - A Guide to Legal, Financial, and Practical Matters

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Thom McEvoy
Owning and Managing Forests - A Guide to Legal, Financial, and Practical Matters

Owning and Managing Forests is both an accessible overview of the privileges, rights, and obligations that accompany forest ownership and a guidebook to help active forest owners and managers use laws to their advantage and avoid the pitfalls of expensive and exhausting litigation. The book is a revised, expanded, and updated edition of Legal Aspects of Owning and Managing Woodlands, published in 1998 by Island Press and named Best Forestry Book of the Year by the National Woodland Owners Association.

This edition provides current information on recent changes in property, environmental, and tax laws, while also discussing new directions in forest management. It offers expanded treatment of topics including private property, searching property records, easements, estate planning, timber sale contracts, working with forestry professionals, and how to pass woodlands intact to future generations. The book also describes the many different facets of trusts, changes in forestland taxation methods, and new licensing and certification options. Included, too, is a section on avoiding disputes and how to use alternative dispute resolution methods to avoid costly, troubling, and time-consuming court battles.

Owning and Managing Forests provides clear and concise descriptions of often confusing concepts and difficult subjects, and addresses issues in a competent yet conversational tone. Anyone involved with owning or managing forestland will find the book an essential guide and reference.

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  • 5

    Posted by Alan Calfee, consulting forester, Dorset Vermont, and president of Vermont Coverts on 9th Mar 2014

    Owning and Managing Forests is an important reference for any forest landowner, manager, or farmer. The book provides understandable information on topics from the history of landownership rights in the United States to estate planning concepts. The book is an invaluable tool for those who are trying to navigate today's world of legalese and who seek general clarification on legal issues that pertain to woodland owners.

  • 5

    Posted by Lee Laechelt, executive vice president, Alabama's Forest Owners' Association on 9th Mar 2014

    Privately owned forest land, while not unique to the United States, is uncommon in most of the world. Owning and Managing Forests delivers the forestry and legal tools we need to protect and strengthen our rights of ownership.

  • 5

    Posted by Thomas F. Bullock, New Jersey land-use attorney, former president of the New Jersey Forestry Associa on 9th Mar 2014

    This book is clearly written, exhaustively researched, and presented with an intellectual clarity that lets any reader appreciate the author's passion for the subject. McEvoy has done an excellent job conveying a large amount of information to the broadest audience, blending the extension mission with honest scholarship.