The Renewability of Natural Resources: Implications for Forest Management

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Implicit in the contemporary use of the term "renewable resource" is the assumption that the resource is inherently renewable, but "renewable" and "nonrenewable" are socioeconomic terms and do not accurately reflect the biological nature of the resource. Traditionally renewable resources such as forests are not of necessity "renewable". Hence the difference between sustained yield management and timber mining should be made explicit and under no circumstances should timber mining be permitted to masquerade as sustained yield management. Timber mining should not be considered totally undesirable a priori, but engaged in only alter careful assessment of the impact on the various socioeconomic values involved.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Forest Ecologist, Faculty of Forestry, Univ. of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C.

Publication date: May 1, 1973

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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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