Georgia’s forestry sector annually contributes about $36 billion to the state’s economy. Family forest landowners own 57% of forestlands in the state.

These forestlands not only provide round wood for sustaining rural economies, but they also provide several other environmental (e.g., clean water and air, carbon sequestration and storage, wildlife habitat, and pollination) and social (e.g., hunting, tourism, aesthetic) benefits. Based on a recent mail-based survey (1143 respondents), this infographic summarizes the key characteristics of Georgia’s family forest landowners, highlighting the key differences between male and female landowners. This information will support current policies and programs for increasing the participation of family forest landowners in sustainable forestry, in general, and female forest landowners, in particular. This is especially true as female forest landownership is increasing at a modest pace in Georgia.

Please connect with Dr. Puneet Dwivedi (puneetd@uga.edu) for more information.

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