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    Author(s): Bruce Shindler; Michelle Reed
    Date: 1996
    Source: Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University, Department of Forest Resources. 58 p + appendix
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
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    Description

    Insect and disease epidemics have created unhealthy and overstocked conditions in national forests of the Blue Mountains. Two of the most important management tools for reducing fuel loads and restoring forest health are prescribed fire and mechanical thinning practices. Accurate information about public support for these practices is essential for implementing effective long-term management policies. By assessing public attitudes, we improve our understanding of the often contentious environment in which resource management decisions are made. This report presents a summary of findings from public opinion surveys conducted in Blue Mountains communities in the spring of 1996. Questionnaires were developed based on interviews with Forest Service personnel and focus group meetings with community residents. The data reflect responses from 535 individuals (56% response rate) who completed a mail questionnaire.

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    Citation

    Shindler, Bruce; Reed, Michelle. 1996. Forest management in the Blue Mountains: public perspectives on prescribed fire and mechanical thinning. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University, Department of Forest Resources. 58 p + appendix.

    Keywords

    public attitude, prescribed fire, mechanical thinning, Blue Mountains, Oregon

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