IGN 11-7 - Socioeconomic well-being and forest management

Tuesday, August 8, 2017
C123, Oregon Convention Center
Susan Charnley1, Jesse Abrams2, Jeffrey Kline3, Eric M. White4, Rebecca J. McLain5, Cassandra Moseley2 and Heidi R. Huber-Stearns2, (1)Pacific Northwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service, Portland, OR, (2)Institute for a Sustainable Environment, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, (3)Pacific Northwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service, Corvallis, OR, (4)Pacific Northwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service, Olympia, WA, (5)Institute for Sustainable Solutions, Portland State University, Portland, OR
Socioeconomic well-being in relation to federal forest management has been an important concern of managers and rural community residents since the Northwest Forest Plan was implemented. Communities are not all alike; federal forest management affects different communities differently; and forest communities have followed different trajectories of change over the past two decades. Timber production remains important, but non-timber forest products harvesting, recreation, forest restoration, and wildfire suppression also provide important social and economic opportunities. Better understanding the linkages between community socioeconomic well-being and forest management in specific locations will help identify management strategies that best contribute to community well-being.