Chapter 4: Fragmented forest federalism
US forest policy is highly fragmented. The federal government maintains direct forest management inputs for only 35 per cent of the nation’s forests, and states vary greatly by region with regard to both the type and stringency of forest policy chosen for private and state-owned forests. This fragmentation, which may leave the nation unable to forestall threats facing US forest resources in the coming decades, has both legal and political drivers. This chapter highlights these drivers to provide a foundation for understanding where to direct efforts to overcome fragmented forest federalism and to facilitate more holistic management of this crucial domestic resource.
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