Omkar Joshi, Mississippi State University, ojoshi@cfr.msstate.edu (Presenter)
Ian A. Munn, Department of Forestry, Mississippi State University, imunn@cfr.msstate.edu
Anwar Hussain, The Wilderness Society, Alaska Regional Office, anwar_hussain@tws.org
Steven Gruchy, Mississippi Fish and Wildlife Foundation,, sgruchy@wildlifemiss.org
Donald Grebner, Department of Forestry, Mississippi State University,, dgrebner@cfr.msstate.edu

 

Understanding nonindustrial private forest landowners’ preference for harvesting woody biomass is an important issue for feedstock sustainability of wood-based bioenergy industries. Given their diverse ownership objectives, an assessment of attributes influencing biomass harvesting activity is likely to help design a landowner’s preferred timber harvesting plan. Conducting a choice experiment, we analyzed landowners’ preferences for hypothetical timber harvesting plans and willingness to accept (WTA) for the attributes that guide their harvesting behavior. The conditional and nested logit models were employed in the analysis. Landowners were interested in optimizing the revenue from woody biomass utilization while minimizing damage to the surrounding environment and creating a need for less site preparation. While landowners’ propensity to harvest woody biomass declined with age, formally educated landowners and those having higher annual household income were interested in supplying woody biomass for wood-based bioenergy industries. This study reveals a need for raising awareness and providing training to increase elderly landowners’ awareness about issues related to sustainable timber harvesting and woody biomass utilization.