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Eastern National Forests: Managing for Nontimber Products

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Many products are harvested from the forests of the eastern United States that are not timber-based but originate from plant materials. Over the past decade, concern has grown about the sustainability of the forest resources from which these products originate, and an associated interest in managing for these products has materialized. A content analysis of the management plans of 32 eastern national forests revealed that seven of the plans addressed nontimber forest products (NTFP). We used interviews with USDA Forest Service district- and forest-level managers to convey their ideas about NTFP management and to identify critical issues that affect efforts to manage for these products.
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Keywords: environmental management; forest; forest management; forest products; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; industry; national forests; natural resource management; natural resources; policy

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Research Scientist Southern Research Station, USDA Forest Service, 1650 Ramble Road, Blacksburg, VA, 24060, [email protected] 2: Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs Department of Wood Science and Forest Products, College of Natural Resources, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg 3: Associate Professor Department of Wood Science and Forest Products, College of Natural Resources, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg 4: Team Leader Southern Research Station, USDA Forest Service, 1650 Ramble Road, Blacksburg, VA, 24060

Publication date: 2002-01-01

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