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Changing values and the impact on land use and social networks in the northern forest region: a qualitative examination

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Dedam, Jean; Zwick, Rodney

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2007

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In: Burns, R.; Robinson, K., comps. Proceedings of the 2006 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium; 2006 April 9-11; Bolton Landing, NY. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-14. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 474-480.

Abstract

Patterns of land ownership and economics are changing in the Northern Forest Region of New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. The percentage of people living in the region who work in the resource extraction industry has become much smaller. Tourism and outdoor recreation are promoted as economic substitutes that will provide an alternate use of the natural resources and bring people and their money to the region. Many long-term residents have opposed tourism as an alternate industry due to lower wages, the types of employment associated with the hospitality industry, and the influx of new people to their communities. The purpose of this research project was to explore the values and attitudes of long-term residents versus newcomers in three communities in the Northern Forest Region and to examine what impact the economic changes have had on attitudes toward development and social changes within these communities. This was a qualitative research project using the grounded theory method.

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Dedam, Jean; Zwick, Rodney. 2007. Changing values and the impact on land use and social networks in the northern forest region: a qualitative examination. In: Burns, R.; Robinson, K., comps. Proceedings of the 2006 Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium; 2006 April 9-11; Bolton Landing, NY. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-14. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 474-480.

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