What motivates forest owners to engage in early harvesting?
Healthy forests that grow well provide the highest timber yield, and capture the most carbon, when allowed to reach maturity before the final harvest. Nevertheless, many Norwegian forest owners choose to harvest their forest at an earlier timepoint. Why? A new survey indicates that other factors, such as forest damage, changes in land use, and the fact that neighbours are conducting logging, are the primary motivations for an early harvest. Acute financial needs, or a desire to swap tree species, are rarely the reasons for early harvesting.