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Silviculture is the theory and practice of managing a forest to maintain and enhance its productivity based upon the objectives of its owner and the ecological capabilities of the land.
Nearly nine out of 10 Hoosiers approve of harvesting trees if overseen by professional foresters, and 82% approve of harvesting trees to improve wildlife habitat, according to a report by a Purdue University researcher.
Dr. Shannon Amberg, a Purdue professor in human dimensions of natural resources, issued the report “Indiana Residents’ Perceptions of Woodland Management” (see links below) based on a survey she conducted with assistance from D.J. Case & Associates, a natural resources consulting firm in Mishawaka, Indiana.
Amberg’s report shows a Hoosier public interested in the outdoors and concerned about the long-term health of Indiana’s woodlands but frequently disconnected from the forest resource and reliant on television, documentaries and news media for information on the subject.
The research was funded by a grant from the DNR Division of Forestry.
Executive Summary-Indiana Residents’ Perceptions of Woodland Management (65 KB)
Final Report with Appendices--Indiana Residents’ Perceptions of Woodland Management (2.8MB)
National Voter Attitudes Toward America's Forests