People own forestland for a variety of reasons. Some think of their land primarily in terms of timber production or investment potential. Others value the land primarily for its recreational or aesthetic value. Frequently, landowners seek a combination of benefits, using the land for wildlife habitat and recreation as well as a source of income from timber production. At the same time, most owners want to be good stewards of the land they own—that is, they want to protect and enhance their forest resources.

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