Planning for Higher Education Journal

Public Outcry Increasingly Becoming Safeguard of University Forests

From Volume 38 Number 4 | July–September 2010
By Thomas J Straka
Planning Types: Campus Planning

Many colleges and universities own considerable areas of land that play a significant role in their research and teaching programs. University forests and other natural resource management units can be a large part of this land base. This land and timber base is a financial asset that, especially in times of financial difficulty, can easily morph from a research and teaching asset to a source of vital revenue, producing an emotional response from faculty, students, and the community. Planning, especially constituency-based participation, can lessen public disputes over the management of these lands. Without proper planning, such disputes are almost ensured.

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