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    An indicator of the level of conflict over natural resource management was developed and applied to the case of U.S. national forest policy and management. Computer-coded content analysis was used to identify expressions of conflict in a national database of almost 10,000 news media stories about the U.S. Forest Service. Changes in the amount of news media discussion involving conflict were tracked over the 5-year period from 1992 through 1996. The relative level of conflict over national forest policy and management measured by this indicator was found to correspond with major conflict-related events during this time period, This social indicator could be used to evaluate policies intended ro reduce conflict, monitor contentious issues, and identify emerging areas of conflict.

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    Bengston, David N.; Fan, David P. 1999. Conflict over natural resource management a social indicator based on analysis of online news media text. Society and Natural Resources. Vol. 12. P. 493-500. (1999)


    computer-coded, conflict, content analysis, national forest, natural forest, natural resource management, news media, social indicator, USDA Forest Service

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