Mapping landscape values and forest uses on the Tongass National Forest

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Show simple item record Schroeder, Britta 2014-10-25T00:29:36Z 2014-10-25T00:29:36Z 2014-05
dc.description Thesis (M.S.) University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2014
dc.description.abstract Throughout the world, humans are often faced with the challenge of sustaining economic development while also promoting environmental stewardship. Such is true for the management history of the Tongass National Forest, where the U.S. Forest Service is transitioning away from harvesting old-growth and moving towards a more economically and environmentally sustainable approach. To measure the preferences of local community members affected by this transition, I conducted an interdisciplinary case study on the Wrangell Ranger District in Southeast Alaska. Community members from Wrangell mapped landscape values, acceptable and unacceptable forest uses. By assessing these landscape values and forest uses with respondents' attitudes towards forest management alternatives, I identify spatial locations of conflicting timber harvest uses and recommend forest management objectives for the district. Through public participation, communities can provide spatially explicit input during the planning process, which creates opportunities for managers to incorporate community needs and better prioritize management objectives.
dc.title Mapping landscape values and forest uses on the Tongass National Forest
dc.type Thesis ms
dc.identifier.department Department of Forest Sciences
dc.contributor.chair Verbyla, David
dc.contributor.committee Brinkman, Todd
dc.contributor.committee Fix, Peter

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