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    Author(s): Paul H. Gobster
    Date: 2001
    Source: Wildlife Society Bulletin. Volume 29. Issue 2. 2001. 474-482
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: North Central Research Station
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    People interactions wit early successional landscapes are varied and diverse. I review 3 key ways thta people perceive, use, and value forest landscapes, emphasizing selected types of early successional landscapes in the eastern United States(U.S.): production and comsumption of timber and nontimber forest products, visual and aesthetic perceptions , and recreational uses and choices. Site- and regional-scale forest planning and design efforts can be improved by better understanding the human dimensions of early successional landscapes, such as sitting facilities for recreation and planting native vegetation for aesthetics. Various types of communication, such as signs, brochures, and opportunities for on-the-ground experience, can help interpret the significance of these landscapes to the public for wildlife and human values. I suggest some research directions to increase knowledge about the human dimensions of early successional landscape.

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    Gobster, Paul H. 2001. Human dimensions of early successional landscapes in the eastern United States. Wildlife Society Bulletin. Volume 29. Issue 2. 2001. 474-482


    aesthetics, early succession, forest products, perceptions, recreation

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