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The Planning Process: Panacea or False Hope?

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A former Forest Service planner who knows first-hand the challenges of making decisions under the current regulations finds that if the committee of Scientists' recommendations are followed, planning will occur almost continually over several spatial levels as new information and decisions surface. The proposed process is inclusive and idealistic, but the changes will likely increase the cost and time of developing plans and make it difficult to win public acceptance and obtain adequate funding. Decision makers will still have to choose among strongly held values, and if compromise proves elusive, the process will become irrelevant.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Former Forest Service Planner, 19022 SW Finnigan Hill Road, Hillsboro, OR 97123

Publication date: May 1, 1999

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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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