Drivers

Multiple factors drive forest owners to divide and sell their properties:
 
 
Population Changes
  • Population growth and demand for residential land
  • Older landowners facing retirement, changes in ability to use land
  • Landowners passing away without plans to pass on their land
 

 

Economic Pressures

Factors “pushing” landowners:

Property and inheritance taxes

Loss of income or major expenses
Inability to make money from the land or forest products
Demand Factors “pulling” landowners:
High returns for sale and development
Speculation in real estate, forestland, and farmland
 
 
Personal Factors
  • Changes in interest or use of the land
  • Family members, neighbors, or friends interested in owning or using the land
  • Landowner or family member illness or death
  • Divorce

 

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