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Title: Exploring the national benefits of Alaska's tongass national forest
Author: Allen, Steward D.; Bengston, David N.; Fan, David P.
Publication: 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
Key Words: Alaska, Tongass National Forest, management, media
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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