In spring 2021, the LSU AgCenter, with the support of the Arkansas and Louisiana forestry associations, surveyed landowners from four counties in Arkansas (Ashley, Bradley, Drew, and Cleveland) and four parishes in Louisiana (Morehouse, Ouachita, Union, and Winn) identified as areas of high priority for conservation. This infographic presents findings of landowners’ profiles and preferences for certification and outreach.
- 455 Survey respondents, 95 from Arkansas and 360 from Louisiana.
- 142 Acres is the average forestland size owned.
- 2 acres min - max 10,000 acres.
- Family legacy 53%
- Support wildlife habitat 37%
- Privacy 36%
- Timber production 33%
- Hunting 31%
- Scenery/be in nature 25%
- Investment property 24%
- Forest restoration 23%
- Recreation 21%
- Raise family 18%
*For landowners, family legacy is extremely important
for owning a forest, more than anything else.*
Reasons for Obtaining a Forest Management Plan
10% acquired forest management plan
Enrollment Rate in Certification Programs
Enrollment Rate in Conservation Programs
Past Conservation Practices Adopted
- Timber harvesting 62%
- Replanting 44%
- Streamside management 16%
- Prescribed fire 12%
- Pest suppression 10%
- Wetland protection 9%
Past Forest Management Advice Received
- Never 51%
- More than 5 years ago 13%
- Past 1-2 years 9%
- Within the past 12 months 19%
- Past 3-5 years ago 8%
Plans for the Next 5 Years
Preferences for Forest Consultation
- 19% Met with a consulting forester
- 79% Want management advice in the future
- 41% Want to consult with a public forester
- 26% Want to consult with a private forester
Topics of Interest for Future Outreach
- Timber management 79%
- Timber sales/ harvest 62%
- Wildlife management 60%
- Diseases 29%
- Invasive species 28%
Prepared by Maria Josee Reyes.
For more information, contact Dr. Jerrod Penn at email@example.com.