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Community Stability as a Forest Management Objective

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Regulations issued pursuant to the Forest Management Act of 1976 have renewed interest in community stability as an implicit policy objective. Traditional definitions of stability, community, and dependency are vague, and the relationship between timber flow and stability is largely conjectural. Local community constancy is often in conflict with the broader concept of dynamic economic stability. It is necessary to define appropriate measures of economic stability, the geographical context for considering stability, and the time interval over which stability is to be measured. A dynamic economy requires the reallocation of resources and adjustments within and between communities. Current problems reflect these causes of instability, which are largely outside the forestry sector. Policy must address these causes rather than simply focus on the symptoms of change.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Associate Professor, Forest Economics, University of Washington, Seattle

Publication date: 1977-11-01

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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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