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    Author(s): Frederick W. Cubbage; Kathleen McGinley; Jay O’Laughlin
    Date: 2018
    Source: U.S. Forest Sustainability Indicator 7.45.
    Publication Series: Miscellaneous
    Station: International Institute of Tropical Forestry
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    Legislation and policies designed to conserve and improve forest functions and values are a prerequisite to achieving sustainable forest management. Forests at all scales (stand, landscape, local, regional, national, global) benefit substantially from the application of forest practices that can ensure sustained use, management, and protection of important social, economic, and ecological values. Markets efficiently provide many goods and services, but government intervention may be required for the equitable allocation and management of ecosystem services and public goods, and to redress market failures. A wide variety of international, Federal, State, and local forest policies exist to improve sustainable forest management and protection, as well as evolving new nonstate market systems, such as forest certification and corporate responsibility efforts.

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    Cubbage, Frederick W.; McGinley, Kathleen A.; O’Laughlin, Jay. 2018. U.S. Forest Sustainability Indicator 7.45. Legislation and policies supporting the sustainable management of forests. 3 pp.

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