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Title: The Public Debate about Roads on the National Forest: An Analysis of the News Media
Author: Bengston, David N.; Fan, David P.
Publication: Journal of Forestry. Vol. 97 no. 8.:p. 4-10. (1999)
Key Words: news media, forest roads, recreationist, Environmentalists
Abstract: Roads and road building on the US national
forests have become the focus of intense public debate in recent years. Timber companies and others argued that forest roads are an essential transportation system for the production of commodities that society needs. Environmentalists and others reply that national forest roads constitute ecologically destructive "corporate welfare." Recreation is the main use of national forest roads (Coghlan and Sowa 1998), but recreationists sharply disagree about their appropriate role. For enthusiasts of motorized recreation, forest roads are an integral part of the recreation experience, nor just a means of access. For wilderness recreationists, the
mere presence of roads can be antithetical
to the recreation experience.
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