What Do Foresters Think about Urban Forestry, Urban People, and Cities?

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Abstract:

Urban residents affect forest policy and hence forest management decisions and outcomes. In addition, urban forestry has become more visible, integrated, and influential in the Society of American Foresters (SAF). However, little is known about what foresters think urban people know about forestry, what emphasis foresters believe should be placed on urban forestry compared with traditional forestry, and what foresters think about the purposes of urban forestry. Results of a nationwide mail survey of SAF members suggest that urban forestry is well accepted as a community of interest by respondents, that respondents lean more toward loving cities than hating them, and that respondents believe urban people understand some specific forestry objectives, such as the link between forests and wood products, but not many others.

Keywords: SAF membership; communications; public policy; urban–rural linkages

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 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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