JOURNAL OF THE JAPANESE FORESTRY SOCIETY
Online ISSN : 2185-8195
Print ISSN : 0021-485X
Timber production and ecosystem management in US National Forest
A case study of Siuslaw National Forest in Oregon
I. OTA
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1996 Volume 78 Issue 3 Pages 327-334

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Siuslaw National Forest in western Oregon is located in the middle of highly productive Douglas-fir region. Custodial timberland management of the Forest had changed into timber production dominant management after the World War II, but the production shrunk rapidly in recent years by Spotted Owl related issues. This study aims to clarify the historic change of timberland management of Siuslaw NF and to analyze the process of timber production. Lastly, current problems under ecosystem management and Clinton's New Forest Plan in Siuslaw NF is discussed as a typical case of changing National Forest System in US. By facilitating the health of forest ecosystem, timber production should be regulated strictly, and in consequence, budget and number of employees should be cut drastically. The Forest is trying to expand recreational and educational activities for creating new relationship between human and forest under such circumstances.

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