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With rapid increases in rural population and continuing expectations of economic growth, pressures on land resources within the central hardwoods region have increasingly become a topic of public debate. Controversy over the allocation of rural and urban fringe forestland often results from the competition between forest management and low-density residential development. Land allocated to forest management provides a flow of both market and non-market benefits to society. These same forests, on the other hand, are sought by developers for profitable building sites.