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Requirements for a Successful Forest Research Program

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Basic requirements are discussed in four broad categories: technical personnel to do the research, administration to supply the operating framework, craftsmanship to apply technical methodology, and facilities to provide the physical things necessary. Emphasis is given to the importance of the individual and to the human qualities essential in both researchers and administrators. Differences between research in an applied field, forestry, where useful results are a major objective, and basic research which is not directly concerned with the applicability of results are appraised. The necessity for hard appraisal of objectives in forestry research through the medium of problem analysis and careful working plans is stressed. In conclusion, an effective mixture and balance between technical personnel, administration, craftsmanship, and facilities are recognized as the essential requirements for a successful forest research program.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Professor of Forest Management and Chairman, Department of Forestry, School of Natural Resources, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Publication date: 1963-11-01

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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.

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