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Who Will Log in Maine's North Woods? A Cross-Cultural Study of Occupational Choice and Prestige

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Two distinct populations of loggers work in Maine's border counties with Quebec: Maine resident and Quebec resident woodsworkers. This study compared the sense of occupational choice and prestige held by these workers, as well as their sociodemographic attributes. Significant differences in age, education, and logging experience were found between these two populations. In addition, Maine resident loggers appeared to exhibit less resignation to woods work than their Quebec counterparts. However, Quebec resident loggers indicated that their profession was held in higher esteem among the public than did loggers from Maine. Over two-thirds of respondents from both populations would not encourage a son/daughter to be a logger, despite considerable familial attachment to logging. Results may have implications for logging labor supply, labor recruitment efforts, and logging mechanization in a region heavily dependent on the forest products industry.

Keywords: Logging labor; familial attachment; mail survey; occupational choice; occupational prestige

Document Type: Regular Article

Affiliations: 1: Departement des sciences du bois et de la foret, Pavillon Abitibi-Price Universite Laval Sainte Foy QC Canada G1K 7P4 2: Department of Forest Management University of Maine 5755 Nutting Hall Orono ME 04469

Publication date: December 1, 2004

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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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