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Seeing the Forest: Art About Forests and Forestry

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Forestry is a complex collage of related issues that the media and the public tend to oversimplify. Art provides a way for Extension foresters at Oregon State University to reach out and communicate with new audiences. At a traveling art show that features paintings, photography, and other art media, we introduce some science and policy issues and also hear from the public. We found that people appreciate and take advantage of opportunities to interact with us and tell us what they think. Through this project, we believe we increased viewers' awareness of forestry issues, challenged their beliefs and perspectives, and stimulated consideration of other points of view.

Keywords: communication; environmental management; extension forestry; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; public perception

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Assistant Professor and Extension Forester Oregon State University Extension Service, Yamhill County Extension, 2050 Lafayette Avenue, McMinnville, OR, 97128, 2: Assistant Professor Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, 3: Associate Professor and Leadership Educator Forestry Extension, Oregon State University Extension Service, Corvallis, 4: Associate Professor and Evaluation and Grants Specialist Forestry Extension, Oregon State University Extension Service, Corvallis, 5: Associate Dean and Extension Forestry Program Leader College of Forestry, Oregon State University, Corvallis,

Publication date: December 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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