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Recreational Policies and Practices on Commercial Forest Lands in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

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Abstract:

Questionnaires submitted by 29 public and industrial organizations, which control 56 percent of the land area of the Upper Peninsula, showed that nearly all permit public hunting, fishing, and picnicking on undeveloped lands. All allow use of woods roads at times they are not required for logging; most permit public use of roads whenever they are driveable. Overnight camping is permitted on most lands. Public agencies place more emphasis on development of recreation sites than do private firms. Large private organizations exceed smaller companies in this respect. Public and large private organizations exhibit more interest than do smaller firms in promoting good public relations with recreationists. Possible liability of private companies to lawsuits resulting from injury to recreationists appears to constitute a major impediment to greater encouragement of recreation on private lands. Modification of management practices on nearly all of these public and private forests, to benefit recreational values, is practiced to some extent. Development of greater capacity and variety of recreational opportunities is planned on public forests. Most private firms indicate little intention of substantially expanding public recreational facilities, at least until the liability question is resolved. Forest managers of all categories appear cognizant of public recreation as a matter of concern for their organizations.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Associate Professor of Forestry, The Michigan College of Mining and Technology, Houghton, and Chairman of the Recreation Committee, Upper Peninsula Chapter, SAF

Publication date: 1963-03-01

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.

    2015 Impact Factor: 1.476
    Ranking: 22 of 66 in forestry

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