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What Do Teenagers Think of Environmental Issues and Natural Resources Management Careers?

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High school student knowledge of and interest in natural resources issues and careers is important to the future of the forestry profession. This article reports on a high school student's research project to establish what these knowledge and interest levels are. This student used MySpace to survey high school students across the country. Interest in the environment and natural resource issues was high, but interest in natural resource careers, especially forestry, was low. One major reason for the results seems to be a lack of information concerning natural resource careers at the high school counseling level. This suggests that marketing may be needed to attract students to the forestry profession.

Keywords: environmental issues; forestry career; forestry profession

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2007

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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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