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Forest Certification: Roots, Issues, Challenges, and Benefits

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Foresters have been involved in a serious debate with other members of society for at least three decades over the environmental and social consequences of continuing to manage forestlands as they have been. This debate takes many forms, ranging from simple disagreement to new laws and regulations, market boycotts, and even civil disobedience by some members of the public. Foresters and many environmental organizations alike have looked for ways to resolve these ever-present concerns about the environmental, ecological, economic, and social consequences of forest management, while providing incentives for forest landowners to change their practices. Forest certification, as a voluntary, economically driven process, may be the mechanism for resolution to eventually occur, for the debate to end.

Keywords: environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: Forest Science Department, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, 97331

Publication date: November 1, 2001

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