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Assessing Private Forest Owner Attitudes Toward Ecosystem-Based Management

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Nonindustrial private forest owners in Vermont, New Hampshire, and western Massachusetts were surveyed to determine their attitudes toward an ecosystem-based approach to management. In all cases, respondents showed favorable attitudes toward: unique, small-scale ecological features like rare species and wetlands; management at spatial scales larger than the individual parcel; and ownership beyond a single generation. Even nonrespondents, when interviewed on the telephone, indicated attitudes sensitive to these issues. We believe future conservation of nonindustrial private forestland (NIPF) lands will be successful if professionals design management alternatives sensitive to these attitudes and policy makers craft appealing and effective programs that are perceived as relevant.

Keywords: ecosystem-based management; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; private forest owners

Document Type: Regular Article

Affiliations: 1: Associate Scientist Environmental Resources Management, Inc. Annapolis MD 21401 2: Associate Professor/Extension Forester Department of Natural Resources Conservation University of Massachusetts–Amherst Amherst MA 01003, Email: dbk@forwild.umass.edu 3: Professor Department of Resource Economics University of Massachusetts–Amherst Amherst MA 01003 4: Research Forester Northeastern Research Laboratory USDA Forest Service Bington VT 05401 5: Assistant Professor Department of Natural Resources Conservation University of Massachusetts–Amherst Amherst MA 01003

Publication date: January 1, 2005

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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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