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ERIC Number: EJ943808
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0736-0983
Public Outcry Increasingly Becoming Safeguard of University Forests
Straka, Thomas J.
Planning for Higher Education, v38 n4 p52-60 Jul-Sep 2010
Many universities and colleges own forestland. Although these lands can be worth billions of dollars, most are devoted to the institutional goals of education, research, and outreach. These forests become an integral part of the university and serve as teaching and research laboratories. They are usually called university or college forests or sometimes just school forests. There are about 50 university forestry programs in the United States, and these institutions alone control nearly 120,000 hectares (300,000 acres) of forest. Of course, other universities without forestry programs also have school forests, ranging from the Harvard Forest at Harvard University to a small teaching forest at Haywood Community College in North Carolina. University forests are large forested areas owned or controlled by a university and devoted primarily to its teaching and research programs, often in forestry education and research. In this article, the author discusses how college-owned lands are morphing from educational, research, and outreach assets into financial assets. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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