US Forest Service Research & Development
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  • 1400 Independence Ave., SW
  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
  • 800-832-1355
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Brett Butler

Research Forester
160 Holdsworth Way
United States

Phone: 413-545-1387
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Current Research

My current research focuses on survey methods for collecting information from private forestland owners, analyzing trends in private forest-land owners and the land that they own, and studying the factors that influence decisions made by private landowners. To this end, I am in charge of the National Woodland Owner Survey and involved in a number of related projects, such as the Sustaining Family Forests Initiative.

Research Interests

I will continue to conduct the National Woodland Owner Survey and related research that helps provide the information needed to maintain and increase our understanding of private forest owners. Future projects will likely focus on improving methods for communicating with private forest owners, assessing the impact of private forest owners' harvesting propensities for biofuels and related timber supply studies, and quantifying the differences between new and old forest owners.

Why This Research is Important

There are over 11 million private forest owners in the United States who collectively own 421 million acres or 56 percent of the forest land in the United States. The fate of much of the nation's forests lies in the hands of this diverse and dynamic group of people and organizations.


  • Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, Ph.D. Forest Science 2005
  • University of Connecticut,Storrs,Connecticut, B.S. Natural Resource Management and Engineering 1995

Professional Organizations

  • Society of American Foresters
  • Society and Natural Resources
  • IUFRO Small-Scale Forestry Working Group

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Research Highlights


Forest Ownership Map of the Conterminous United States

Nearly two-thirds of the forests of the conterminous U.S. are privately owned, not publicly owned, as many assume. To help clear up this underst ...


Last updated on : 01/26/2017