Tereza Okava wrote:It's a great question, and one that is not simple.
I work in this area, and see a lot of random (and often biased) data thrown around about how planted forests (the only source of paper in this this country) are recovering deforested areas, controlling hydric cycles, creating jobs in job deserts, etc.
Tereza Okava wrote:
On the other hand, what is the alternative?
Mike Haasl wrote:I'm guessing that if you took all the large tract, wooded land in Maine, Wisconsin, Michigan, etc and broke it up into the ideal size for private ownership and required someone to live there and offered it for free, most of it would go untaken. These tremendous chunks of wooded land are often fairly remote. If they're sold off to people for hunting properties, that might be a solution for private ownership and management. Maybe. If it was free I might take a chunk if it was within two hours. Maybe.
Mike Haasl wrote:Yup. If you want cheap wooded land, look in the upper peninsula of MI.
80 acres with a mine and rock cliffs but dicey access $50K
61 acres with good road access and power at the road $40K