Economic Efficiency and the National Forest Management Act of 1976
The Forest Service historically has rejected economic criteria for forest management decisions. Consequently, management of the national forests must be heavily subsidized even though these lands contain more than half the softwood sawtimber in the country. The National Forest Management Act of 1976 specifically requires that economic as well as environmental criteria be considered in developing balanced programs. The administrative discretion permitted by the act allows most provisions to be interpreted much more consistently with economic efficiency than is permitted by current Forest Service policies and procedures.
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Document Type: Journal Article
Affiliations: Director of Resource Services, Simpson Timber Company, Seattle, Washington
Publication date: 1977-11-01
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