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Who Gets the Work? National Forest Contracting in the Pacific Northwest

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Since the decline of federal timber harvests in the Pacific Northwest, forest community organizations and the USDA Forest Service have been trying to use federal service and construction contracting to foster economic development in rural communities. This study analyzes the Forest Service silviculture and restoration contracts let during FY 1998 and 1999 in Oregon and Washington to determine who wins this contract work. The study measures the distance between national forests and contractor offices and finds that contract value, work characteristics, and geographic variables partially explain variation in distance.

Keywords: economics; employment; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; industry; natural resource management; natural resources; restoration

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Research Associate Ecosystem Workforce Program, Institute for a Sustainable Environment, 5247 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, 97403-5247, 2: Research Assistant College of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Florida, Gainesville

Publication date: September 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
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