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    Author(s): Richard W. Haynes
    Date: 2005
    Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-627. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 53 p
    Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
    Station: Pacific Northwest Research Station
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    The USDA Forest Service has had a longstanding presence in utilization, economics, and social sciences research and development activities. The magnitude and diversity of these activities have changed as the questions and the people asking them have changed over the past century. These changes challenge the social science and utilization research community to develop this collective research agenda for utilization, economics, and social sciences research and development activities conducted by the Forest Service. It sets the context for the utilization, economics, and social sciences research and development activities in the Forest Service. It deals with the need to balance knowledge creation with the constantly changing demand for information that guides various land management decisions and shapes policymaker perceptions in various environmental debates. The research agenda is built around six common themes that will help us create a larger pool of experience from which we can form judgments relative to outcomes and develop tools that can be used to solve a variety of problems. It assumes that the worth of utilization, economics, and social sciences research and development activities will be judged by our ability to create lasting solutions that alter outcomes. Finally, creating and implementing such a research agenda depends on leaders who can advocate for problem selection that recognizes the full integrated nature of contemporary questions, who can synchronize research oriented toward major questions with knowledge creation, and who can serve as defenders of social science research against ideological attacks by emphasizing the true nature of questions and the importance of taking integrative approaches.

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    Haynes, Richard W. 2005. Developing an agenda to guide forest social science, economics, and utilization research. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-627. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 53 p

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    Research direction, program formulation, research leadership

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