A new book is almost on the shelf. Thom McEvoy, professor emeritus of Univ VT extension forestry has written a book titled the same as this blog entry. I'll attach the flyer, and paste some content below. I haven't seen the book, but look forward to receiving my copy soon.
About the book…
It took nine years to complete this project for reasons explained in the book’s Preface. The book contains stories of forest-owning families representing every major timber type in the United States. Their narratives tell the trials, missteps and successes of an older generation of woodland owners sufficiently committed to keeping their family forests productive, devoted to forest benefits, while also maintaining the environmental quality of woodland landscapes.
Chapters, 17 in all, describe the problems facing family forest owners in America: that parcelization of forests leads to fragmentation of purpose. Unless current titleholders take steps to keep forests intact, there is a high probability that heirs will liquidate.
Includes 12 chapters of case studies involving interviews with forest-owning families all over the United States; families who are trying to pass their forests intact for one or more generations.
A chapter on the many strategies forest-owning families can use to pass lands without having to subdivide forests; including full details on current tax advantages of different strategies, and a complete discussion of how to use land trusts.
One chapter is devoted to family meetings; how to engage children and grandchildren in meaningful conversations regarding your plans to pass woodlands within the family.
A glossary of forestry and legal terms introduced throughout the book, so readers thoroughly understand the legal methods used to effect intergenerational transfer of forests. The book is also fully indexed to allow readers to quickly locate all aspects of topics of interest.
flyer about the book McEvoy.Keep_forests_in_family.pdf