Restoring Forest Ecosystems: The Human Dimension

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Why should society restore forest ecosystems? What kinds of restorations are likely to succeed socially as well as ecologically? How do we maintain the volunteer force needed to implement and maintain restoration projects? Scholars are beginning to address these questions and finding that human dimensions are key to the successful implementation and maintenance of restoration projects. We recommend making clear the range of benefits resulting from restoration, negotiating ecologically sound and socially acceptable alternatives, and creating volunteer communities that sustain projects over the long run.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Research Social Scientist, North Central Research Station, USDA Forest Service, Chicago

Publication date: August 1, 2000

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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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