A Basis for Understanding Compatibility Among Wood Production and Other Forest Values

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Haynes, Richard W.; Monserud, Robert A.
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Contribution Date: 9/15/2005
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Case Studies; Laws & Policies; Practice / Methods; Publications; Standards / Guidelines
United States of America
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Attribution Non-Commercial
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USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station
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Oregon; Washington; Adaptive Management; Community-based Conservation and Human Context; Forest Management; Property Management
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In the public debate over forest management, many issues are portrayed as tradeoffs between biophysical and socioeconomic components of ecosystems. This simplistic portrayal ignores potential opportunities for compatible changes in outputs (either goods or services) among alternative management strategies. In response, a research effort called the Wood Compatibility Initiative (WCI) builds on an extensive body of existing work to examine biophysical and socioeconomic compatibility of managed forests. In this paper, we introduce the conceptual model for the WCI, the scale of analysis, and the overall research strategy. After a short discussion on joint production, we provide examples of compatible wood production at each of four scales: stand, watershed landscape, ecological province, and region level. These examples highlight the progress of WCI during the first three years (1998-2000). We then discuss our progress toward understanding compatibility. Four key research questions address the extent to which we may judge compatibility between wood production and other forest values. Finally, we present our strategy for synthesizing this broad collection of research information on compatible wood production.
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