Role of the Forester in Land-Use Planning

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Foresters can influence public land-use planning throughout the process. Goals, issues, and constraints should include forestry needs and supporting data. In plan development, foresters can work with the planning staff and offer aid in choosing among alternatives, formulating policies, and establishing specific objectives. The plan implementation phase involves zoning, subdivision regulation, and capital improvements programming. These activities have proven useful to forestry, when foresters have participated. Plan maintenance offers roles in monitoring, evaluation, and updating. If foresters are to contribute to land-use planning at federal, state, regional, or local levels, they will have to take the initiative.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Associate Professor in Community and Regional Planning at North Dakota State University, Fargo, and Planning Consultant to the USDA Forest Service

Publication date: September 1, 1982

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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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