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Title: Strategies for job creation through national forest management

Author: Charnley, Susan;

Date: 2014

Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-247. Albany, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station: 599-627. Chap. 9.4

Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)

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Description: This chapter explores the ways in which national forest managers may contribute to community well-being by designing projects that accomplish forest management in ways that not only meet their ecological goals, but also create economic opportunities for nearby communities. The chapter summarizes a number of strategies for enhancing the economic benefits to communities of forest restoration work, infrastructure maintenance and improvement projects, and recreation and tourism; these strategies are also summarized near the end of the chapter in the “Management Implications” section. The strategies include (1) making better use of existing authorities and tools; (2) being strategic when deciding where and how projects are accomplished; (3) implementing projects that build on local community capacities and priorities; and (4) maintaining and developing sustainable recreation opportunities, infrastructure, and partnerships. If managers consider how to enhance job creation associated with forest management when planning projects, they may increase the overall socioeconomic benefits of national forest management while helping contribute to community resilience. Investing in communities can also benefit the health of forest ecosystems.

Keywords: ecological restoration, socioecological systems, ecosystem resilience, forest planning, fire management, altered fire regimes, wildfire, climate change, anthropogenic disturbance, invasive species, water resources, species of conservation concern, California

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Charnley, S. 2014. Strategies for job creation through national forest management. In: Long, J.W.; Quinn-Davidson, L.; Skinner, C.N., eds. Science synthesis to support socioecological resilience in the Sierra Nevada and southern Cascade Range. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-247. Albany, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station: 599-627. Chap. 9.4.


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