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Forestland Social Values and Open Space Preservation

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Concerns have grown about the loss of forestland to development, leading to both public and private efforts to preserve forestland as open space. These lands comprise social values–ecological, scenic, recreation, and resource protection values–not typically reflected in market prices for land. When these values are present, it is up to public and private agencies to provide them in sufficient quantity. We discuss nonmarket social values in the context of forestland market values, to explain the economic rationale for public and private efforts to protect forestland as open space.

Keywords: environmental management; forest; forest amenities; forest management; forest resources; forestland; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; land use; natural resource management; natural resources; nonmarket values

Document Type: Regular Article

Affiliations: 1: Research Forester Pacific Northwest Research Station 3200 SW Jefferson Way Corvallis OR 97331, Email: 2: Research Forester Pacific Northwest Research Station 3200 SW Jefferson Way Corvallis OR 97331, Email: 3: Research Economist Pacific Northwest Research Station 3200 SW Jefferson Way Corvallis OR 97331, Email:

Publication date: 2004-12-01

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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
    Ranking: 22 of 66 in forestry

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