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Factors Influencing Adaptive Capacity in the Reorganization of Forest Management in Alaska

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dc.contributor.author Beier, Colin
dc.date.accessioned 2011-09-27T14:45:31Z
dc.date.available 2011-09-27T14:45:31Z
dc.date.issued 2011 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/7567
dc.description.abstract "Several studies of U.S. National Forests suggest that declines of their associated forest products industries were driven by synergistic changes in federal governance and market conditions during the late 20th century. In Alaska, dramatic shifts in the economic and political settings of the Tongass National Forest (Tongass) drove changes in governance leading to collapse of an industrial forest management system in the early 1990s. However, 15 years since collapse, the reorganization of Tongass governance to reflect new economic and political realities has not progressed. To understand both the factors that hinder institutional change (inertia) and the factors that enable progress toward reorganization (adaptation), I analyzed how Tongass forest management, specifically timber sale planning, has responded to changes in market conditions, local industry structure, and larger-scale political governance. Inertia was evidenced by continued emphasis on even-aged management and large-scale harvesting, i.e., the retention of an industrial forestry philosophy that, in the current political situation, yields mostly litigation and appeals, and relatively few forest products. Adaptation was evidenced by flexibility in harvest methods, a willingness to meet local demand instead of political targets, and a growing degree of cooperation with environmental advocacy groups. New partnerships, markets, and political leaders at state and national levels can frame a new blueprint for reorganization of Tongass management toward a more sustainable future." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject forest management en_US
dc.subject organizational change en_US
dc.subject timber en_US
dc.subject Tongass National Forest en_US
dc.title Factors Influencing Adaptive Capacity in the Reorganization of Forest Management in Alaska en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region North America en_US
dc.coverage.country United States en_US
dc.subject.sector Forestry en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Ecology and Society en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 16 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 1 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth March en_US

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