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The Uncertainty of Production, the Certainty of Conflict

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Mutually exclusive interests and structural checks and balances have made it difficult to achieve consensus on public land policy. A perceived need to reduce economic uncertainty for those who depend on outputs from federal lands lies behind $ 1253, but the dynamics of ecosystems will likely frustrate any attempts to achieve both a steady flow of commodities and a functioning ecosystem. Cartoons by "Ding" Darling from the 1920s remind us that contentious interest groups were debating land management policy long before the forest planning and environmental protection laws of the 1970s.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Professor, SUNY-CESF, One Forestry Drive, Syracuse, NY 13210

Publication date: September 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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