Category: Sociopolitical Research
Title: Public Perceptions of Forest Management in North Central Arizona: The Paradox of Demanding More Involvement but Allowing Limits to Legal Action
Author: Ostergren, D.M. , * Lowe, K. , * Abrams, J.B. , Ruther, E.J.
Subject: Ecological Restoration, Communities and fire, Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa)
Abstract: National-level forest policy is changing in response to social pressure to improve forest health. A particularly fierce public debate surrounds the forest health impacts of administrative appeals, lawsuits, public involvement, and federal agency ability to balance managerial efficiency, ecological health, and social expectations. A self-administered mail survey was conducted in 2003 to assess public opinion on litigation and forest restoration in north central Arizonan communities in the ponderosa pine ecosystem. Although results indicate some support for limits to the right to file suit, appeal, and review environmental decisions, an overwhelming number of respondents indicate a strong desire to be more informed and involved in forest management decisions.
Source: Journal of Forestry
Identifier: Oct/Nov 2006, p375-382
Publisher: Elsevier Science B.V., http://www.elsevier.com/