It's a Neighborhood Now: Practicing Forestry at the Urban Fringe

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Increasing land fragmentation, regulations, and neighbors' concerns pose significant challenges to forest owners at the urban fringe. Using Oregon's Soap Creek Watershed as a study site, we paired qualitative and quantitative methods to identify stakeholders, their opinions about forestry, and options for reducing conflict. Findings indicate that: (1) stakeholders viewed actively managed forests as preferable to further residential development, (2) residents held corporate and public forest managers to higher communication and management standards than individual private managers, and (3) consistently communicating management intentions and acknowledging neighbors' concerns reduced active opposition to forest management.

Keywords: communication; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; public relations; urban forestry; wildland-urban interface

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Lead Wilderness Ranger Powell Ranger District, Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, Idaho, 2: Starker Chair in Private and Family Forestry Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, 97331-5703,

Publication date: April 1, 2003

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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.
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