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An Evaluation of Statewide Forest Resource Planning in the Northeast

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Over the past decade, 18 of the 20 northeastern states have undertaken statewide forest resource planning programs. These programs were intended to address the use and management of forest resources on nonfederal lands. Despite significant federal and state investments in such programs, little is known about their effectiveness. These first-generation planning programs were generally perceived to have been well conceived and to have provided many benefits to state forestry organizations and forestry communities at large. The greatest benefits to states in the Northeast were increased communication and coordination among forestry organizations, and a clearer sense of long-term direction. The study concludes that statewise forest resource planning can build greater support and be more effective by increasing program awareness and demonstrating planning's value to a wider range of constituents. North. J. Appl. For. 6:6-9, March 1989.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Department of Forest Resources, College of Forestry, 110 Green Hall, University of Minnesota, 1530 N. Cleveland Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108

Publication date: March 1, 1989

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  • Each regional journal of applied forestry focuses on research, practice, and techniques targeted to foresters and allied professionals in specific regions of the United States and Canada. The Northern Journal of Applied Forestry covers northeastern, midwestern, and boreal forests in the United States and Canada.
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