Under the force of political pressures, public land managers are charged with balancing recreational needs, timber harvest and ecological goals like water quality and habitat diversity. Management approaches on private lands vary widely, generally driven more by "bottom-line" issues, but perceptions of the bottom line are changing and the markets for forest products are changing with them.
One Size Fits All?
Considering a forest's tangible and intangible values, should every forest be managed with the same objectives?
Finding Common Ground
Maybe the future of forest management is being quietly invented on some of Oregon's family forests...
Certification of sustainably produced wood is giving foresters, makers of wood products and consumers some new options.