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Timber Harvest and Recreation in Maine’s North Woods: Attitudes, Impacts, and Strategies for Coexistence
Problem Addressed: Rural Maine communities are trying to diversify their economies using recreation tourism, but there is a perceived conflict between tourism and the forest products industry.
Goal(s)/Objective(s): What are recreationists' attitudes toward logging, how does this affect recreation spending, and does education change these attitudes?
Key Findings: Some recreationists are more bothered by logging than others, logging may have a large effect on tourist spending, and education showed no effect on attitudes.
Recommendation: Areas without logging evidence are important if communities want to successfully attract tourist spending.
Problem Addressed: Spatial and Temporal Aspects of Forest Productivity
Problem Addressed: Stand- and region-level impacts of deeryards on private forestland
Goal(s)/Objective(s): Describe economic costs/benefits and forest characteristics associated with deeryards
Key Findings: Deeryard revenues are site-specific. Zoning has protected shelter patches.
Recommendation: Active management of deeryards for timber value and habitat characteristics
Capacity for Recovery, Influence of Commercial Thinning, & Resistance to Defoliation in Spruce-Fir Forests
Problem Addressed: Defoliation from spruce budworm
Goal(s)/Objective(s): Assess the effects of commercial thinning on non-structural carbohydrates and tannic acid equivalence concentration
Problem Addressed: Update on focus areas, FY 2017 budget, FIA, key agency issues & accomplishments