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Perspective: Finding a Name to Fit the Owner

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Our profession struggles with its identity. Are we timber brokers, ecosystem managers, or who knows what? How many times have we heard the familiar, “Oh, you're a forester. You sit in a fire tower, right?” We're pretty sensitive about it, but the confusion of names and misapplied meaning is not limited to professional titles. Like it or not, the names we assign to people and things convey information and generate perceptions. Names are powerful symbols, often restricting our ability to communicate and interact.…

Keywords: environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; nonindustrial private forestland; private forest landowners; terminology

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Associate Professor and Assistant Director School of Forest Resources, Pennsylvania State University, 7 Ferguson Building, University Park, PA, 16802, 2: Director Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Auburn University, Alabama 3: Associate Dean and Extension Program Leader Oregon State University, Corvallis 4: Assistant Professor School of Forest Resources, Pennsylvania State University, 7 Ferguson Building, University Park, PA, 16802 5: Extension Specialist School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Auburn University, Alabama

Publication date: March 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.
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