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National Trends in the Use of Forest Service Administrative Appeals

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Using publicly available electronic records, we compiled a database to compare administrative appeals of USDA Forest Service projects. The database contains 3,736 appeals decided nationwide from January 1997 through September 2002. The data show that the appeals process is used by a wide variety of interests, including individuals, tribes, and businesses as well as environmental groups, to challenge a wide range of projects, including development, recreation, and grazing as well as fuels reduction. The agency denied in full 54.6 percent of all appeals filed. The database provides a tool for informing the debate over appeals of Forest Service decisions but also opens up new lines of inquiry.

Keywords: USDA Forest Service; environmental management; fire; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; law; natural resource management; natural resources; policy

Document Type: Regular Article

Affiliations: 1: Former Graduate Research Assistant Ecological Restoration Institute Northern Arizona University Flagstaff 2: Associate Professor Department of Political Science Northern Arizona University Flagstaff AZ 86011-5036, Email: 3: Research Professor Ecological Restoration Institute Northern Arizona University Flagstaff

Publication date: March 1, 2004

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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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