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Causes of Deforestation in Central Maine, USA

  • James M. Acheson
  • Jon McCloskey


Deforestation is taking place in many parts of the world, and forests are being cut at an unsustainable rate. In some areas, forests are being completely destroyed and the land converted to other uses such as industry and agriculture. In areas where forests remain, their aggregate value has been decreasing. Moreover, the species composition of many forests has changed considerably. As a result, the incomes of forest users have decreased; erosion, silting of streams and flooding have increased; and wildlife habitat is being destroyed (Moran and Ostrom 2005, pp. 1-3).


Forest Land Forest Owner Real Estate Investment Trust Paper Company Forest Practice 
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Research on which this paper is based was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, project title: “Maine Forest Landowner Study.” (Award No. BCS-0449529). Special thanks are due to Dr. Ann Acheson who edited and proofread multiple drafts of this article.


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  1. 1.University of MaineOronoUSA

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