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    Author(s): Robert Deal; Lisa Fong; Erin Phelps; Emily Weidner; Jonas Epstein; Tommie Herbert; Mary Snieckus; Nikola Smith; Tania Ellersick; Greg Arthaud
    Date: 2017
    Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-943. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 87 p.
    Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
    Station: Pacific Northwest Research Station
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    A strategy for ecosystem services


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    Deal, Robert; Fong, Lisa; Phelps, Erin, tech. eds.; Weidner, Emily; Epstein, Jonas; Herbert, Tommie; Snieckus, Mary; Smith, Nikola; Ellersick, Tania; Arthaud, Greg. 2017. Integrating ecosystem services into national Forest Service policy and operations. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-943. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 87 p.


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