The Latinization of Forest Management Work in Southern Oregon: A Case from the Rogue Valley

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Abstract:

Mexican immigrants constitute the vast majority of forest workers on federal lands in Oregon today. In southern Oregon, Latinos also make up a significant share of forest contractors and a growing portion of the resident population. Although there has been some recent attention to immigrant workers in the United States, Latino forest workers remain marginal in the eyes of policymakers and the general public. This article examines the Latinization of forest work in the Rogue Valley and provides a social and historical context with which to understand this phenomenon, shedding light on the importance of federal immigration policies, immigrant social networks, and changes to forest management.

Keywords: Latinos; contractors; forest management; immigrants; immigration policy

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 2006

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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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