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Introduction: The Forest Futures Horizon Scanning Project

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2019

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In: Hines, Andy; Bengston, David N.; Dockry, Michael J., comps. The Forest Futures Horizon Scanning project. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-187. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 1-4.

Abstract

The external environment in which forest planners, managers, and policymakers operate today is one of rapid, complex, and turbulent change. The broad social, economic, technological, and political contexts for forestry are constantly changing and the pace of change is accelerating (Steffen et al. 2015). The internal environment for forestry is also characterized by rapid and often surprising change, as new developments and emerging issues within the field continually appear and pose challenges for decisionmakers. To be effective in these changing internal and external contexts, forestry decisionmakers must anticipate emerging issues, trends, opportunities, and threats, and act proactively. They need to develop and apply strategic foresight: insight into how and why the future could be different from today (Lum 2016).

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Bengston, David N. 2019. Introduction: The Forest Futures Horizon Scanning Project. In: Hines, Andy; Bengston, David N.; Dockry, Michael J., comps. The Forest Futures Horizon Scanning project. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-187. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 1-4. https://doi.org/10.2737/NRS-GTR-P-187-Intro. https://doi.org/10.2737/NRS-GTR-P-187-Intro.

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