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The Public Comment Process: What Do Citizens Contribute to National Forest Management?

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Public comment is one of the most commonly used methods for obtaining public input in national forest planning. This research explores a historically important planning exercise on the Monongahela National Forest to determine what the public actually contributed to the decisionmaking process. Although citizens generally do not offer useful technical information, the value-based information they provide helps planning staffs determine what the participating public wants. Such value-based information is more difficult to manage and respond to than technical information, however, and the Forest Service may need to adapt accordingly.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado at Denver, PO Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217-3364

Publication date: 01 January 1999

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