Development or Dependency? Sustaining Alabama's Forest Communities

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Abstract:

Comparison of two forest-dependent communities in Alabama illustrates how prospects for sustainable development are shaped by history, social structure, prevailing pattern of resource ownership, and forest industrial sector structure. Opportunities appear stronger if a community's forest products industry is diversified and entrepreneurial spirit is strong. Conversely, simply recruiting forest industry will not lead to sustainable development and might, in the absence of sound policy, actually impede it. Truly sustainable development requires expanding people's opportunities and protecting and enhancing the natural resource base on which those opportunities are built.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama

Publication date: March 1, 1998

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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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