Title: Assessing the viability and adaptability of forest-dependent communities in the United States.
Author: Haynes, Richard W.;
Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-567. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 33 p
Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
Description: The work responds to the need to assess progress toward sustainable forest management as established by the Montréal Process of Criteria and Indicators. The focus is on a single indicator (commonly referred to as Indicator 46), which addresses the “viability and adaptability to changing economic conditions, of forest-dependent communities, including indigenous communities.” From county-level data, a composite measure was developed that combined population density, lifestyle diversity, and economic resiliency. There are 837 counties assigned a low rating representing 36 percent of the area of the United States but that contain less than 3 percent of the U.S. population. The rest of the population is roughly divided among the 2,064 counties assigned medium ratings and the 209 counties assigned high ratings. Of the forest-dependent communities, there are 742 counties with a high proportion of forest land, but only 14 percent are classified as having low viability and adaptability.
Keywords: Community resiliency, criteria and indicators, forest dependency, Montréal Process, socioeconomic well-being, sustainable forest management
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Haynes, Richard W. 2003. Assessing the viability and adaptability of forest-dependent communities in the United States. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-567. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 33 p
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