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Southern Forest Resource Assessment highlights: Changing Demographics, Values, and Attitudes

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The South's forests are both important to and at the same time in the path of the region's growth. Research on social change for the Southern Forest Resource Assessment shows that rapid population growth and changing demographics are fueling growth of recreation demands and adding stresses on public and private forests. Concurrent with population and demand growth have been significant value and attitudinal changes among both land-owning and non-owning residents of the region. Southerners are clearly becoming greener. An opportunity to mitigate stresses on southern forests may lie in tapping Southerners' growing environmentalism to form effective cooperatives involving public and private interests and forestry professionals.

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

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Project Leader and Senior Scientist USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station, Athens, GA, 30602, 2: Associate Professor School of Forest Resources, University of Georgia, Athens,

Publication date: October 1, 2002

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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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