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Public Influences on Plantation Forestry

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For plantation forestry to be successful, it must be biologically possible, economically feasible, and culturally adoptable (i.e., socially acceptable). We discuss social acceptability and plantation forestry in the Pacific Northwest, stressing that social acceptability is a judgmental process that is both provisional and dependent on many complex factors, and that most decisions are based on intuition, rather than a rational evaluation of all relevant choices. We suggest that conflicts over plantation forestry can be minimized by carefully considering social acceptability and by forging formal agreements (accords) that promote the goals of both environmentalists and forest industries.

Keywords: certification; decisionmaking; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; public perceptions; social acceptability

Document Type: Regular Article

Affiliations: 1: Assistant Professor and Director Pacific Northwest Tree Improvement Research Cooperative, Department of Forestry Science Oregon State University Corvallis OR 97331-5752, Email: 2: Associate Professor Department of Forest Resources Oregon State University Corvallis OR 97331-5703, Email: 3: Associate Professor of Sustainable Forestry Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies New Haven CT 06511, Email: 4: Extension Specialist and Forest Marketing Specialist Department of Wood Science and Engineering Oregon State University Corvallis OR 97331-5703, Email: 5: Associate Professor and Codirector CWEST, Department of Sociology Oregon State University Corvallis OR 97331-3703, Email: 6: Director Executive Seminar Program Portland State University Portland OR 97207-0751, Email:

Publication date: 2005-03-01

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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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