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Title: Understanding the social and economic transitions of forest communities.

Author: Maleki, Sussanne;

Date: 2008

Source: Science Update 18. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 12 p.

Publication Series: Science Update

Description: For much of the last century, the connection between national forests and many rural forest communities, especially in the Pacific Northwest, was defined by timber-related employment. Assumptions about the economic dependence of forest communities on federal timber prompted the Forest Service to make community stability a matter of agency policy. But the relationship between forests and communities has changed, particularly over the last 25 years with declining timber harvests on federal land. Without question, declines in timber production and other resource-base industries have adversely affected rural forest communities, leaving some with few economic alternatives. Yet many communities once commonly referred to as "timber dependent" have persisted despite the loss of an economic mainstay.

Keywords: Rural forest communities, community stability

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Maleki, Sussanne 2008. Understanding the social and economic transitions of forest communities. Science Update 18. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 12 p.

 


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