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Attitudes Towards Clearcutting and Their Relationships to the Patterning and Diversity of Forest Recreation Activities

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A total of 12,990 acres of state land was clearcut on an experimental basis in Roscommon County, Michigan. Data concerning the personal reactions of local property owners to clearcutting were collected by means of questionnaires that were mailed in 1974 and 1976. Attitudes toward clearcutting were related to the sex of the respondent: male property owners were significantly more positive toward clearcutting than females. When property owners were grouped into types who exhibit different patterns of recreational activities, these patterns were also related to attitudes towards clearcutting: the greater the diversity of recreational interests, the more people agree with the clearcutting on state lands. Diversity is also discussed with respect to key use and multiple use philosophies of land management. Forest Sci 25:317-327.
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Keywords: Aspen; multivariate analysis; social benefits; social costs; white-tailed deer

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Wildlife Research Biologist, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Rose Lake Wildlife Research Center, East Lansing

Publication date: 1979-06-01

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  • Forest Science is a peer-reviewed journal publishing fundamental and applied research that explores all aspects of natural and social sciences as they apply to the function and management of the forested ecosystems of the world. Topics include silviculture, forest management, biometrics, economics, entomology & pathology, fire & fuels management, forest ecology, genetics & tree improvement, geospatial technologies, harvesting & utilization, landscape ecology, operations research, forest policy, physiology, recreation, social sciences, soils & hydrology, and wildlife management.
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