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Building Sustainable Communities in Forested Regions


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Originator:The Pennsylvania State University
Originator:M.A. Brennan
Originator:A.E. Luloff
Originator:J.C. Finley
Originator:J.C. Bridger
Originator:M.G. Jacobson
Publication_Date:July 2003
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Building Sustainable Communities in Forested Regions
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This demonstration project provides a protocol for better understanding those factors that contribute to sustainable forest-based economic development in timber dependent counties in the Northeast. Such knowledge advances our ability to create economic development strategies that meet the needs of rural people while simultaneously enhancing environmental resources. It also encourages appropriate interventions to avoid and/or reduce conflict through an appropriate combination of regulations, incentives, and education programs. 

There were four objectives in this research effort:

1.  To build a typology of forest-dependent communities in the Northeast; 
2. Utilize the typology created to select a community that is broadly representative of 
forest-dependent communities in the region; 
3. To assess the relationship between local (private forest landowners, public landowners, 
community residents, and local officials) attitudes toward, and perceptions of, forest resources and potential economic development strategies; and 
4. To disseminate project findings to regional forest and community planners, forestry 
agencies, and other stakeholders in forest dependent communities.

This multi-method study included key informant interviews, a mail survey, and a drop-off/pick-up survey method. The need to address a variety of dimensions of both community and individual level variables required this combination of qualitative and quantitative approaches and it allowed us to overcome the restrictions imposed by the limitations of any single research strategy. Moreover, our approach facilitated the identification of important local players in the community economic development process. Knowledge of these people's concerns, attitudes, and perceptions was essential for the design of the household survey. 
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Data included in Download: Analysis (all variables by all demographics - crosstabes.spo, all variables by all demographics - SIG RELATIONSHIPS ONLY c.spo, all variables by demographics crosstabs.SPS, alsedit-werc-report-62803.doc, als-final-edit-2202000.wpd, Appendix A.spo, bedford forest slides 1.ppt, bedford ki info.doc, bedford.sav, bedford.spo, bedfordsurveydraft22.doc, crosstabs to be typed up 6803.spo, demographics.xls, dep var q11.xls, FINAL REPORT.doc, finalwork.xml, forest_comments.doc, forested communities OUTPUT.xls, OUTPUT.xls, overall age breakdown.xls, overall frequencies all variables and recodes.spo, overall frequencies.spo, q6 analysis.xml, q13analysis.xml, q14 analysis.xml, q16 analysis.xml, q17analysis.xml, q19analysis.xml, REFERENCES AND APPENDICIES.doc, response rate.xml, typology.ppt, years in the community.xls ), Northeast Forest Typology (between groups method - all measures, cluster frequencies, forest dataset - proportions and selected variables only, nearest neighbor method - all measures, within groups method - all measures, typology_summary.xls, WERC Landowner List.xls, WERC-private.xls, WERC-publicfolk.xls), als-final-edit-2202000.wpd, Bedford surey resp0onse codes.txt, bedfordsurveydraft22.doc, Codebook.doc, final report- jimal-82503.doc, forest_comments.doc, response rate.xls
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