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Tarter, Andrew Martin

Grant Type: 
Dissertation Fieldwork Grant
Insitutional Affiliation: 
Florida, U. of
Status: 
Completed Grant
Approve Date: 
April 10, 2012
Project Title: 
Tarter, Andrew Martin, U. of Florida, Gainesville, FL - To aid research on 'The Tree Farmers of Haiti: Understanding Factors that Influence Farmers' Retention of Forest Land in Southern Haiti,' supervised by Dr. Gerald F. Murray

ANDREW TARTER, then a student at University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, received funding in April 2012 to aid research on 'The Tree Farmers of Haiti: Understanding Factors that Influence Farmers' Retention of Forest Land in Southern Haiti,' supervised by Dr. Gerald F. Murray. This dissertation documents the emergence of a unique, Haitian-initiated response to the issue of deforestation: farmer-managed woodlands. These woodlands are not original forests, nor the result of secondary or tertiary regrowth of original forests; they are composed primarily of exotic trees. These trees are not planted as woodlots, nor are they the remnants of previous reforestation projects. Instead, these woodlands are dominated by non-native species, systematically managed by Haitian farmers for sustained charcoal production. This research documents a series of conscious steps-active and passive-that farmers take to ensure the continued production of wood within privately owned woodlands. With the aid of three student anthropologists from the state university of Haiti, a large survey was designed to collect a series of socioeconomic, ecological, and spatial variables associated with particular plots of land. A regression-based model is being developed from these data, to be tested at the research location and elsewhere in Haiti. The model is valuable for the ability to predict whether a particular land plot could sustain this woodland system. This research is important because of the tangible potential to influence policy-makers; tree-planting and reforestation efforts remain major priorities of Haitian civil society, the state, and nongovernmental organizations.