Family Forest Research Center (FFRC)
Family forest owners control 263 million acres (or 35%) of U.S. forests. They face decisions about if and how to manage their land and whether or not to develop, subdivide, sell, or pass on their property to heirs. Complex social and ecological factors influence these decisions. The cumulative impacts of millions of family forest owners’ independent decisions will deter- mine the future of U.S. forests.
The Family Forest Research Center studies the behaviors and attitudes of the people who own forests. By investigating the social, political, and economic dimensions of family forest ownership, we seek to improve forest conservation in order to better meet the current and future needs of forest owners, communities, and society.