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Characterizing Loggers' Forest Management Decisions

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Making daily decisions with foresters and landowners, loggers play a critical role in managing forest resources. A study of Pennsylvania loggers was used to explore what factors might influence loggers' forest management decisions. Results from interviews and a mail survey suggest that loggers' choice of improvement thinnings versus diameter-limit cuts depends on their training, attitudes, and interactions with foresters. Specifically, we found that a single introductory course in forest ecology and silviculture can help loggers make more-informed management decisions, but loggers who work with some foresters may make decisions that have potentially negative impacts on the forest. Such insights into the logging industry are important for improving communication between foresters and loggers and thus improving forest practices.

Keywords: communication; education; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; harvesting; natural resource management; natural resources; social science

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Forest Resource Planner Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Forestry, 400 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA, 17105-8552, 2: Associate Professor of Forest Resources Pennsylvania State University, University Park, 3: Professor of Rural Sociology Pennsylvania State University, University Park, 4: Assistant Professor of Forest Resource Management Pennsylvania State University, University Park,

Publication date: 2002-09-01

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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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