Demographics as a driver of change in the U.S. forest sector
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In: Dockry, Michael J.; Bengston, David N.; Westphal, Lynne M., comps. Drivers of change in U.S. forests and forestry over the next 20 years. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-197.
Demographic trends such as rapid population growth, urban expansion, regional population shifts, amenity migration, an "elder boom," and increasing ethnic and cultural diversity will require adaptive responses by planners and forest managers. Urban forestry will become more important and doing it well will require better integration of forest management with urban planning and better coordination across organizations and fields of knowledge. Fostering fire resilience will need to become a major focus of effort as more people and structures are located in fire-prone wildland areas. More accessible infrastructure will be needed for an aging population. Better understanding of how ethnic and racial minorities view and use forest resources will be useful as they become an ever-larger proportion of the population. The sooner the scale of these challenges is appreciated, the more likely they are to be met well.
Keywordspopulation growth urban expansion regional population shifts amenity migration aging population diversity wildland-urban interface accessible infrastructure
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Olson, Robert L. 2020. Demographics as a driver of change in the U.S. forest sector. In: Dockry, Michael J.; Bengston, David N.; Westphal, Lynne M., comps. 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: 59–67. https://doi.org/10.2737/NRS-GTR-P-197-paper6.