Forest Management Economics for Private Forest Landowners in Honduras
Rights and responsibilities for managing forests on private lands were granted by the Honduran government to private landowners during the past decade. Most landowners are still unaware or unsure of the currently forestry law and frustrated by lengthy and costly processes that hinder their plans for managing their forest resources. Forest fires and illegal logging are continuous threats and major causes of forest cover loss. Forest Service scientists assessed the needs of small private forest landowners through open meetings with forest landowners' associations from Quimistan, San Marcos de Colon, Choluteca, and other areas of the country. Perceived needs include improving understanding of forest valuation and development of marketing tools. Increasing the economic benefit from forest activity will likely motivate landowners to protect and use their forestlands sustainably. Economically successful forest landowners' associations also will help generate local employment and improve economic conditions for rural communities.
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