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Ecosystem Services Markets
The term “ecosystem services” refers to indirect ecosystem functions such as water purification, flood control, carbon sequestration, climate regulation, and soil and nutrient cycling, as well as recreation or aesthetics-associated tourism. Four types of ecosystem services are of particular relevance for forested ecosystems ...
Conservation Organizations: What They Do and Why They Do It
Partial Abstract: As development pressures increase throughout the United States, communities have recognized that land conservation is an important tool to manage growth and protect critical land and water resources. Across the country there is increasing recognition that land conservation efforts can help create ...
Recent Efforts by States to Incentivize Working Forests
Many states are using property tax reductions and the purchase of conservation easements to encourage landowners to maintain forestland and ease development pressures. This summary excludes those programs. A few states have implemented, or are considering, additional incentives for working forests. At least two states ...
Current Land-Use Laws and Zoning: Impacts on Private Forestlands
Partial Abstract: Private industrial and non-industrial forest landowners in Washington face federal, state, and local regulations concerning the practice of commercial forestry. Such regulations certainly impact decisions related to conversion of forestlands into other uses. This paper briefly describes relevant laws ...
How the Public Perceives Forestry (and Why It Matters)
Partial Abstract: This paper examines public perceptions of forestry — including how they are formed, what factors influence them, what some of the current perceptions of forestry in the Northwest are, and the implications for the forest conversion issue. One of the main concepts reviewed is that of social acceptability, ...
The Status of Washington State’s Forest Practice Habitat Conservation Plan: Its Origin, Objectives and Possible Value for Different Landowners
Partial Abstract: The purpose of Washington State Forest Practice Rules is to regulate certain forest operations – especially harvesting and road construction – on private lands to protect public resources. These public resources include water, wildlife, cultural resources and soil productivity. The purpose of the Federal ...
Forest Products Export Trends Update for the Pacific Northwest Region
This paper updates the analysis completed in 1999 (Lippke et. al, 1999) on export trends in forest products from the Pacific Northwest (PNW). Two recent events warranted this review ⎯ the collapse of the Asian economies beginning in 1997 and the strength of the U.S. housing market from 1991 to present.
Centuries of Change in Pacific Northwest Forests: Ecological Effects of Forest Simplification and Fragmentation
The forests of the Pacific Northwest have undergone significant changes in the relative proportions of various forest types, including dramatic reductions in certain habitats such as oldgrowth forests and early successional habitat rich in woody debris. Intensive forest management practices have resulted in the simplification ...
Examining Washington’s Working Forest Stakeholders
The conversion of working forests to other uses has emerged as an issue in Washington forest policy. This paper: 1) identifies and broadly characterizes the primary stakeholders involved in the Working Forest Forum, 2) explores some of the values at stake in the forest conversion issue, and 3) advances a possible explanation ...
Report on the Taiwan Market for Wood-Frame Construction and Softwood Building Materials
With the help of foreign investment in the 1960s, and deregulation of Taiwan's financial sectors in the 1980s, Taiwan emerged from its agrarian roots to become one of Asia's leading producers of high-value goods. The country's strategy of producing capital and technology intensive goods for export elevated Taiwan to the ...