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Forest Sustainability: A Discussion Guide for Professional Resource Managers

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The concept of sustainability is sometimes elusive, but an examination of the etymology of the word and the history of its application in forest management helps pin it down. Sustainability becomes a concern when a growing human population begins to deplete resources beyond expected rates of renewal. As used today in forest management, the term means maintaining the forest for a long time, showing concern for the well-being of future generations, making reasonable estimates of future needs, knowing current rates of resource use and regeneration, and reaching consensus on appropriate levels of resource use. Six case studies, which may or may not address all those elements, are offered as a starting point for discussion, and an annotated bibliography opens avenues for further study.

Keywords: environmental management; forest; forest history; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; sustainable forest management; sustainable forestry

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Professor College of Environmental Science and Forestry, State University of New York, 320 Bray Hall, Syracuse, NY, 13210, 2: Visiting Instructor and PhD Candidate SUNY-ESF, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge 3: Research Assistant Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

Publication date: February 1, 2001

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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.

    2015 Impact Factor: 1.476
    Ranking: 22 of 66 in forestry

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