Building sustainable communities in forested regions

M. A. Brennan, A. E. Luloff, J. C. Finley

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The Northeast's hardwood forests provide myriad resources within a matrix of rural and urban communities. In this region, forest uses such as timber and pulp production compete with demands for recreation, landscapes, and pure water. Forest-based economic development is an enticing approach for preserving the rural character of communities. This study highlights the role and relevance of three factors on forest-based economic development: (1) the community, (2) perceptions, and (3) the resources themselves. Each contributes to our ability to better understand the potential for forest-based economic development. Using input ftom key informants and residents of Bedford County, Pennsylvania, who participated in a survey about community and economic development impacts of forestry in their area, the findings of this research highlight the importance of local attitudes toward forest-based development, as well as the role of local economic conditions in shaping acceptance for such development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)779-789
Number of pages11
JournalSociety and Natural Resources
Issue number9
StatePublished - Oct 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Development
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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