ERIC Number: EJ1124316
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Southern Foresters' Perceptions of Climate Change: Implications for Educational Program Development
Boby, Leslie; Hubbard, William; Megalos, Mark; Morris, Hilary L. C.
Journal of Extension, v54 n6 Article 6RIB3 Dec 2016
An understanding of foresters' perceptions of climate change is important for developing effective educational programs on adaptive forest management. We surveyed 1,398 foresters in the southern United States regarding their perceptions of climate change, observations and concerns about climatic and forest conditions, and knowledge of and interest in resilient forest management techniques and climate science. A majority (61%) agreed that climate change is occurring, and 14% agreed that it is caused by humans. Most respondents were interested in learning more about forest resilience and related concepts. Development of programming focused on managing for forest resilience in a changing climate is a prudent educational approach that builds on familiar risk-management strategies.
Descriptors: Forestry Occupations, Attitudes, Climate, Program Development, Forestry, Interests, Observation, Knowledge Level, Continuing Education, Extension Education, Online Surveys
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Sponsor: National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alabama; Arkansas; Florida; Georgia; Kentucky; Louisiana; Mississippi; North Carolina; Oklahoma; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Virginia
Grant or Contract Numbers: 20116800230185