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Determining Forest Harvest Impact Assessment Criteria Using Expert Opinion: A Delphi Study

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Nonindustrial private forests (NIPFs) account for 58% of the nation's commercial forest. The stewardship of these forests is important to the sustainability of a broad array of forest values. However, little is known about the stewardship behaviors of NIPF owners, particularly as they relate to timber harvesting. As a first step in exploring the stewardship of harvested NIPFs, criteria were developed to aid in evaluating the postlogging condition of these forestlands. A Delphi procedure was used to systematically elicit expert opinion on the establishment of these criteria. Twenty experts in the fields of forest management, silviculture, and timber harvesting participated in the process that involved 3 iterations and spanned 7 months. A rating system of prioritized evaluation criteria and measures emerged that could be used to assess an array of postharvest attributes. Applications of the system, in either its current or a modified form, include logger training program assessments and future studies of forest stewardship as it is reflected in postharvest site conditions. North. J. Appl. For. 14(1):20-25.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: School of Forest Resources, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802

Publication date: 1997-03-01

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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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