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The Religion of Forestry: Scientific Management

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The guiding philosophy of the USDA Forest Service in the 20th century has been scientific management. Due in part to many failures of scientific management, and also to basic shifts in American values, this philosophy is no longer appropriate. The Forest Service is left without any clear role. Ecosystem management is an awkward compromise that is not likely to solve the problem. If the agency cannot define a clearer and more widely accepted mission to guide its efforts, its future existence will be in doubt.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Professor, School of Public Affairs, Van Munching Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-1821 and Senior Fellow, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Washington, DC

Publication date: November 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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