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    Author(s): Angela J. Findley; Matthew S. Carroll; Keith A. Blatner
    Date: 2000
    Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-499. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 106 p
    Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
    Station: Pacific Northwest Research Station
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    A qualitative social assessment targeted salient issues connected to the Colville National Forest creating opportunities (CROP) research program that examines forest management alternatives for small-diameter stands in northeastern Washington. Research spanned various communities in three counties and investigated the diversity of fundamental values people attach to small-diameter stands, beliefs about appropriate forest management directions, and perceived impacts from the CROP program. To focus on people’s knowledge of and interest in small-diameter stand management, semistructured interviews (n=76) were conducted in person with local residents and other people associated with the Colville National Forest. Breadth and depth of interviewees’ value orientations and forest use were explored to develop a comprehensive inductive analysis of the social complexity surrounding the CROP program. Seven distinct groups were differentiated to develop a social typology that juxtaposed positions, perceptions, and preferred small-diameter stand-management alternatives. Several themes emerged. Practical implications of these themes are offered as guidelines to resource managers to improve public involvement as the decisionmaking process moves to public forums.

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    Findley, Angela J.; Carroll, Matthew S.; Blatner, Keith A. 2000. Social assessment for the Colville National Forest CROP program. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-499. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 106 p


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    Social assessment, qualitative methodology, natural resource conflict, public involvement, collaborative learning, Colville National Forest

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