Retired Professor and Extension Forester

Email: dbk

Primary interests

My current research interests focus on private woodland owner attitudes towards their land and the concept of an ecosystem-based approach to management. If the paradigm is to be applicable in a forested landscape dominated by numerous small, private ownerships, it is vital to know landowner attitudes towards such an approach, understand their relevant behaviors and decision making, and use this knowledge to design appropriate programs or incentives that will be successfully adopted. I have a growing interest in  land protection techniques, human decision making, and the use of GIS in testing landowner attitudes towards thinking about their individual properties in the bigger picture. In general, I am interested in directing my research and outreach efforts towards ensuring a forested landscape that is capable of providing the myriad of important benefits to society into the future.

See also: Family Forest Research Center:

and Harvard Forest:

Current Projects

Courses Taught

  • NRC 521: Timber Harvesting
  • NRC 575  (formerly 597C): Case Studies in Conservation.
  • NRC 526: Silviculture

Selected Recent Publications

Thompson, J.R., C. D. Canham, L. Morreale, D. B. Kittredge, Brett Butler. In press. Social and Biophysical Variation in Regional Timber Harvest Regimes. Ecological Applications.

Short Gianotti A. G., J. M. Getson, L. R. Hutyra, D. B. Kittredge. 2016. Defining urban, suburban, and rural: Linking perceptual definitions with geospatial measures of urbanization in central and eastern Massachusetts. Urban Ecosystems. 10.1007/s11252-016-0535-3

Markowski-Lindsay, M., P. Catanzaro, A. Millman, and D.B. Kittredge. 2016. Understanding family forest land future ownership and use: exploring conservation bequest decisions. Small Scale Forestry 15:241-256.  DOI 10.1007/s11842-015-9320-z

Kittredge, D.B., and J.R. Thompson. 2016. Timber harvesting behavior in Massachusetts, USA: does price matter to private landowners?. Small Scale Forestry 15:93-108.

Andrejczyk, K. B.J. Butler, B.J. Dickinson, J.H. Hewes, M. Markowski-Lindsay, D.B. Kittredge, M.A. Kilgore, S.A. Snyder, P.F. Catanzaro. 2016. Family Forest Owners’ Perceptions of Landowner Assistance Programs: A Qualitative Exploration of Behavior.  Small Scale Forestry 15(1): 17-28.

Silver, E.J., J. Leahy,  A. Weiskittel, C.  Noblet, and D.B. Kittredge. 2015. An evidence-based review of timber harvesting behavior among personal woodland owners. Journal of Forestry113(5): 490-499.

Kittredge, D.B., A. G. Short Gianotti, L. R. Hutyra, D.R. Foster, and J.M. Getson. 2015.  Landowner conservation awareness across rural-to-urban gradients in Massachusetts. Biological Conservation 184: 79-89.

Kilgore, M.A., S. Snyder, D. Eryilmaz, M. Markowski-Lindsay, B. Butler, D. B. Kittredge,  P. Catanzaro, J. Hewes, K. Andrejczyk. 2015. Assessing the relationship between different forms of landowner assistance and Family Forest Owner Behaviors and Intentions. Journal of Forestry 113(1): 12-19.

Catanzaro, P.,  M. Markowski-Lindsay, A. Millman, and D.B. Kittredge. 2014  Assisting Family Forest Owners with Conservation-Based Estate Planning: A Preliminary Analysis. Journal of Extension. Vol. 52 (2): 2 FEA9.

Ma, Z.,  B.J. Butler, P.F. Catanzaro, J.L. Greene, J.H. Hewes, M.A. Kilgore, D.B. Kittredge, M. Tyrrell. 2014. The effectiveness of state preferential property tax programs in conserving forests: Comparisons, measurements, and challenges. Land Use Policy 36: 492-499.

Greene, J.L., B.J. Butler, P. F. Catanzaro, J.H. Hewes, M. A. Kilgore, D.B. Kittredge, Z. Ma, M. L. Tyrrell. 2014.  Family Forest Owners and Federal TaxesForest Policy and Economics 38: 219-236.

Butler, B.J., M. Markowski-Lindsay, S.A. Snyder, P. Catanzaro, D.B. Kittredge, K. Andrejczyk, B. Dickinson, D. Eryilmaz, J. Hewes, P. Randler, D. Tadle, and M. Kilgore. 2014. Effectiveness of Landowner Assistance Activities:  An Examination of the USDA Forest Service’s Forest Stewardship Program. Journal of Forestry 112(2): 187-197.

Schnur, E., S. Broussard Allred, and D.B. Kittredge.  2013. A comparative analysis of conservation awareness among New York and Massachusetts woodland owners. Northern Journal of Applied Forestry 30(4): 175-183.

Kittredge, D.B., M.G. Rickenbach, T. Knoot, E. Snellings, A. Erazo. 2013. It’s the network: How personal connections shape decisions about private forest use. Northern Journal of Applied Forestry 3(2): 75-84.

Mondal, P., B. J. Butler, D. B. Kittredge, and  W. K. Moser. 2013. How are America’s private forests changing? An integrated assessment of forest management, housing pressure, and urban development in alternate emissions scenarios. Land Use Policy 32: 230-238.

Butler, B.J., P. F. Catanzaro, J. L. Greene, J. H. Hewes, M. A. Kilgore, D. B. Kittredge, Z. Ma, and M. L. Tyrrell.   2012.  Taxing  Family Forest Owners: Implications of Federal and State Policies in the United States. Journal of Forestry 110(7): 371-380.

Ma, Z. D.B. Kittredge, and P. Catanzaro. 2012. Challenging the traditional forestry extension model: insights from the Woods Forum program in Massachusetts. Small Scale Forestry.11:87-100.

Ma, Z., B.J. Butler, D. B. Kittredge,  P. Catanzaro. 2012. Factors Associated with Landowner Involvement in Forest Conservation Programs in the U.S.: Implications for Policy Design and Outreach. Land Use Policy.29(1): 53-61.

Van Fleet, T.E., D.B Kittredge,  B.J Butler, and P. Catanzaro. 2012.  Re-imagining private forest conservation: Estimating landowner awareness and their preparedness to act with the Conservation Awareness Index. Journal of Forestry. 110 (4): 207-215

Markowski-Lindsay  M.,  P. Catanzaro,  D. Damery,  D. B. Kittredge,  B. J.  Butler,  and  T. Stevens. 2012. Forest-based biomass supply in Massachusetts: How much is there and how much is available. Journal of Environmental Management. 106: 1-7.

Dickinson,  B., T.H. Stevens, M. Lindsey, and D.B. Kittredge2012. Estimated Participation in Carbon Sequestration Programs.  Journal of Forest Economics. 18 (2012) 36– 46

Driscoll, C.T.,  K.F. Lambert, F.S. Chapin, III, D. Nowak, T. Spies, F.J. Swanson, D.B. Kittredge, Jr., C. M. Hart. 2012. Science and Society: The Role of Long-Term Studies in Environmental Stewardship. Bioscience vol. 62, no. 4. 354-366.

Lindsay, M. M.,  T.  Stevens,  D. B. Kittredge, B. J.  Butler, P. Catanzaro, D. Damery. 2012. Woodland Owner Preferences for Biomass Harvesting in Massachusetts. Forest Policy and Economics. 14:  127–135

Lindsay, M. M.,  T.  Stevens,  D. B. Kittredge, B. J.  Butler, P. Catanzaro. 2011. Barriers to Massachusetts Forest Landowner Participation in Carbon Markets. Ecological Economics. 71:  180–190

Thompson,  J., D.R.  Foster,  R. Scheller,  and D.B. Kittredge. 2011. The influence of climate change, timber harvest, and rural development on forest biomass and composition in Massachusetts, USA. Ecological Applications 21(7): 2425-2444.

Ma, Z. and D.B. Kittredge. 2011. How family forest owners consider timber harvesting, land sale, and conservation easement decisions: insights from Massachusetts, United States of America. International Journal of Forestry Research. Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 290353, 13 pages. doi:10.1155/2011/290353

Butler, B.J., Z. Ma, D.B. Kittredge, and P. Catanzaro. 2010. Social versus biophysical availability of wood in the northern United States. Northern Journal of Applied Forestry.  27 (4): 151-159.

Rines, D., B. Kane, H. D. P. Ryan, and D. B. Kittredge.  2010. Attitudes of tree wardens in Massachusetts. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 9:295-301

D’Amato, A. W., P. Catanzaro, D.T. Damery, D. B. Kittredge, and K. A. Ferrare. 2010. Are family forest owners facing a future where forest management is not enough?  Journal of Forestry January/February  pp. 32-38.

LeVert, M.,  T. Stevens, D. Kittredge. 2009. Willingness to Sell Conservation Easements:  A Case Study of  Private Forestland Owners in Southern New England. Journal of Forest Economics 15: 261-275.

Kittredge, D.B..2009. The fire in the East. Journal of Forestry April/May pp. 162-163.

Fletcher, L., D. B. Kittredge, and T. Stevens. 2009. Forestland Owners Willingness to Sell Carbon Credits: A Pilot Study. Northern Journal of Applied Forestry 26(1): 35-37.

Rickenbach, M.G. and D.B. Kittredge. 2009. Time and distance: Comparing motivations among forest landowners in  New England. Small-Scale Forestry 8: 95-108.

Kittredge, D.B., A. D’Amato, P.  Catanzaro, J. Fish, and B. Butler. 2008. Estimating ownerships and parcels of non-industrial private forest in Massachusetts. Northern Journal of Applied Forestry 25(2): 93-98.

McDonald, R.I., M.S. Bank, J. Burk, D.B. Kittredge, G. Motzkin, and D.R. Foster. 2006. Forest harvesting and land-use conversion over two decades in Massachusetts. Forest Ecology and Management 227(2006): 31-41.

Finley, A.O., D.B. Kittredge, T.H. Stevens, C.M. Schweik, and D. Dennis. 2006. Possibilities for cross-boundary cooperation in a landscape dominated by private ownership: a case study from Massachusetts. Forest Science 52(1): 10-22.

Finley, A.O. and D.B. Kittredge. 2006. Thoreau, Muir, and Jane Doe: different types of private forest owners need different kinds of forest management. Northern Journal of Applied Forestry 23(1): 27 – 34.

Belin, D.L., D.B. Kittredge, T.H. Stevens, D.F. Dennis, C.M. Schweik, and B.J. Morzuch. 2005. Assessing NIPF Owner Attitudes Toward Forest Management. Journal of Forestry. 103(1): 28-35.

Kittredge, D.B. 2005. The cooperation of private forest owners on scales larger than their individual properties. Forest Policy and Economics 7 (2005): 671-688.

Kittredge, D.B. 2004. Extension / outreach implications for America’s Family Forest owners. Journal of Forestry 102 (7): 15-18.