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    Author(s): Jean M. Daniels
    Date: 2004
    Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-607. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 35 p
    Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
    Station: Pacific Northwest Research Station
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    The link between forest management and the well-being of communities in forested areas has traditionally been defined by forest sector employment opportunities. Attempts to redefine this relationship have produced methods that use a more comprehensive approach by combining both economic and social indicators to evaluate community well-being. The goal of this study is to evaluate socioeconomic resilience and forest dependence in Washington counties in order to identify counties where changes in forest management could negatively affect the well-being of nearby residents, allowing land managers and decisionmakers to anticipate the effects of land management policies. Results indicate that Ferry, Pend Oreille, Pacific, Skamania, Stevens, and Wahkiakum Counties all have socioeconomic systems that could be particularly vulnerable to forest management changes. The same analyses were performed for the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) by using only counties on the west side of the Cascade Range. Results show that two counties, Wahkiakum and Pacific, may experience disproportionate negative impacts from changes in DNR state forest management. These findings are preliminary in nature; findings should be reassessed using community-level data to determine the optimum geographic scale necessary for detailed evaluation of policy effects.

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    Daniels, Jean M. 2004. Assessing socioeconomic resiliency in Washington counties. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-607. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 35 p


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    Sustainable forest management, socioeconomic resilience, forest dependency, criteria and indicators, Washington Department of Natural Resources

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