USDA Forest Service

Forest Inventory and Analysis National Program


Forest Inventory & Analysis
National Office
U.S. Forest Service
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-0003

(703) 605-4177

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National Woodland Owner Survey

The National Woodland Owner Survey (NWOS) is the official census of forest owners in the United States. It is aimed at increasing our understanding of woodland owners who are the critical link between forests and society.

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Summary information from the NWOS is used by people who provide, design, and implement services and policies that affect forest owners including government agencies, non-governmental organizations, including landowner organizations, private service providers, forest industry companies, and academic researchers.

On an annual basis, the NWOS contacts forest-land owners from across the county to ask them questions about:

  • The forest land they own
  • Their reasons for owning it
  • How they use it
  • If and how they manage it
  • Sources of information about their forests
  • Their concerns and issues related to their forests
  • Their intentions for the future of their forests
  • Their demographics

The main features of the National Woodland Owner Survey website are:

The National Woodland Owner Survey is implemented by the Family Forest Research Center, a joint venture between the U.S. Forest Service and University of Massachusetts Amherst

National Woodland Owner Survey Table Maker an on-line tool for generating custom tables.

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Last Modified: March 27, 2018

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