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Has Ecosystem Management Really Changed Practices on the National Forests?

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Abstract:

In 1992 the USDA Forest Service adopted ecosystem management as a holistic approach to manage its forests and grasslands. Three recent forest plans were evaluated to ascertain whether they more closely reflect ecosystem management principles than earlier plans. On the George Washington and Francis Marion National Forests, ecosystem management principles have measurably influenced planning and decisionmaking processes, but the new policy has had limited influence on the National Forests & Grasslands in Texas.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Chair, Urban Affairs and Planning Department, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg

Publication date: 1998-05-01

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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.

    2015 Impact Factor: 1.476
    Ranking: 22 of 66 in forestry

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