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Exploring the national benefits of Alaska's tongass national forest

Year Published

2000

Source

In: Bengston, David N., ed. Applications of computer-aided text analysis in natural resources. General Technical Report. NC-211. St. Paul, MN: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Research Station: 19-25

Abstract

A large sample of national news media stories about the Tongass National Forest--covering January 1, 1985, through July 31, 1997--was analyzed using the InfoTrend software and method. The main purpose of the analysis was to explore the national-level benefits and values reflected in news accounts about the Tongass. Results indicate that the nature of social debate about management of the Tongass was consistent over the 12-year period, focusing mainly on the clash between commodity-related benefits (timber harvest) and ecosystem benefits and values. Media discussion of recreation and moral/spirituat/aesthetic benefits and values lagged behind.

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Allen, Steward D.; Bengston, David N.; Fan, David P. 2000. Exploring the national benefits of Alaska''s tongass national forest. In: Bengston, David N., ed. Applications of computer-aided text analysis in natural resources. General Technical Report. NC-211. St. Paul, MN: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Central Research Station: 19-25
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