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The Stability of Attitudes Toward Clearcutting Among Landowners in Roscommon County, Michigan

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Abstract:

Large blocks of state land were clearcut in Roscommon County, Michigan, beginning in 1972. An attitude questionnaire was mailed to a sample of property owners in 1974 after about 6,445 acres had been treated. The cutting of an additional 6,545 acres was completed in 1975. Questionnaires were mailed to another sample of property owners in 1976. There were no shifts in the level of agreement with clearcutting between the two years. Approximately 44 percent of the property owners agreed with clearcutting, 26 percent were undecided, and 30 percent disagreed. Most beliefs about clearcutting also remained stable. Predominant beliefs were that too much of the wood was wasted by not removing slash from the cuttings, that new growth was fast, and that oaks and pines would take too long to return after cutting. A suggestion from other research that educational campaigns might make clearcutting more tolerable to the public is questioned. FOREST SCI. 23:437-444.

Keywords: Forest recreation; Populus tremuloides; aspen; education; white-tailed deer

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Professor of Psychology, Michigan State University, East Lansing

Publication date: December 1, 1977

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