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    The ability of people to participate in the decisions that affect their lives is a central tenet of democratic governance. Forests may be managed more sustainably if citizens have input on or responsibility for their use, management, and protection. Processes that promote public participation in forest-related decision making can foster practical and political support for sustainable forest management. When conflicts arise, open and transparent processes for their resolution can lead to decisions that are more widely accepted and that reduce the propensity for litigation.

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    McGinley, Kathleen A.; Cubbage, Frederick W. 2018. U.S. Forest Sustainability Indicator 7.53. Public participation and conflict resolution in forest-related decision-making. 4 pp.

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