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The Language of Land Use

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A meaningful dialogue among those participating in land-use decisions requires a common language. Land-use terms are characteristically vague and ambiguous. Debate is often unproductive because of prolonged arguments over semantics. Research can contribute to a better understanding of what people mean when they use particular words. One study has shown that certain terms, such as "state forest" or "multiple use," are particularly prone to a wide range of perception. Environmental attributes associated with motorized forms of recreation and logging practices are subject to the most variation. These research results will permit us to better understand what others are saying, to develop more effective educational programs, and to refine the language of land use. North J. Appl. For. 2:9-11, Mar. 1985.
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Publication date: 1985-03-01

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