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Conflict and Public Involvement: Measuring Consensus

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In three cases after Forest Service public involvement processes had been completed, many participants still had stereotyped misconceptions of the agency's position on use of land areas. Perceived disagreement was twice as great as actual disagreement. Membership in a conservation group was a primary variable associated with continued perception of polarization.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Professor of Educational Psychology, West Virginia University, Morgantown

Publication date: December 1, 1979

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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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