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What Are Forests For: The Place of Ethics in the Forestry Curriculum

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A survey conducted to ascertain the degree of formal training in ethics offered to Canadian and American professional foresters and natural resource managers and technicians indicates that forestry ethics is not consistently and coherently covered in forestry curricula. We propose a framework for teaching forestry ethics such that professional codes of ethics are supplemented by environmental ethics and forest history. Environmental ethics offers a rich source of material to guide personal reflection, clarify the ethical dimensions of particular management decisions, and offers tools to facilitate normative discourse. However, this literature often lacks an integrated consideration of what actually happens. Forest history with its in-depth case studies and broad stroke depictions of past forest management decisions provides a surrogate for lived experience and a long-term perspective.

Keywords: curriculum; ethics; forestry

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2007-03-01

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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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