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Drivers of change in U.S. forests and forestry over the next 20 years

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Year Published

2020

Publication

Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-197. Madison, WI: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 99 p.

Abstract

Drivers of change are overarching forces that have changed conditions in the past, are influencing the present, and are anticipated to influence the future. For this report, we define drivers of change as influential direct or indirect forces expected to shape the future of U.S. forests and the forest sector over the next 20 years. This report explores eight drivers of change expected to influence forests and forestry in the United States over the next two decades: climate change, economic drivers of change, the forest products sector, technological change, demographic change, society's changing forest values, the exercise of Indigenous rights, and forestry education. Each paper is written by experts on the particular driver or by professional futurists. The set of drivers examined here is not intended to be comprehensive. These papers provide information about important drivers of change for use by policymakers and decision makers and contribute to the USDA Forest Service’s comprehensive forest futures research portfolio.

Citation

Dockry, Michael J.; Bengston, David N.; Westphal, Lynne M., comps. 2020. Drivers of change in U.S. forests and forestry over the next 20 years. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-197. Madison, WI: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 99 p. https://doi.org/10.2737/NRS-GTR-P-197.

Last updated on: November 11, 2020