In the past
In the past, there had been little concern with increasing the productivity of private timberland because the supplies of forest products were very plentiful and timber lands still abundant.
This is no longer the case. Nationally, the timberland base has been shrinking while the demand for timber products is projected to sharply increase.
it's now necessary to increase the productivity of privately owned timberlands. To accomplish this, timber landowners and timber companies must manage their land more effectively.