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Public Involvement and Dispute Resolution Courses in Natural Resources Schools

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In a survey of SAF-accredited natural resources schools, 36 of 40 educators said natural resource professionals need more training in public involvement and dispute resolution, and 96 percent of respondents said such training was important" or "essential." Despite budgetary and staff constraints, the number of SAF-accredited schools offering specific courses in these topics has grown dramatically, from a reported three in 1992 to 15 in 1997. At most schools, these topics also have been incorporated into already-required courses on policy, planning, and management. The authors describe a model course in public involvement and conflict resolution and list resources for educators.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Director, Bolle Center for People and Forests, School of Forestry, University of Montana, Missoula

Publication date: September 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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