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Title: Public Acceptance of Pre-Commercial Thinning and Energy and Soil Amendment Products from Post-Harvest Residues in Western Forests of the United States

Abstract

<italic>Abstract</italic>. The goals of the Waste-to-Wisdom project is to produce bioenergy products and biochar from post-harvest forest residues and thus understanding public acceptance of the forest management and utilizing forest residues for biomass-based products is critical. This research explores the public perceptions of producing bioenergy products and biochar from forest thinning activities in the western Pacific Northwest region. A web-based survey was conducted in Washington, Oregon, and Northern California generating 1,202 responses. Multinomial regression techniques and simulation-based approach were applied to analyze how demographic and socio-economic factors influence public perceptions. People living in less populated areas are more likely to support forest thinning. Higher levels of education and household income also lead to higher levels of support for forest thinning. On the other hand, supports for forest thinning results in supports for using forest residuals to produce bioenergy products. These results suggest that different strategies are necessary to effectively communicate the environmental and ecological benefits of using forest residuals derived from forest thinning activities to produce biomass-based products. Keywords: Environmental Perceptions, Multinomial Logistic Regression, Natural Resource Management, Rural vs. Urban, Simulation-Based Approach.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Humboldt State Univ., Arcata, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
OSTI Identifier:
1541891
DOE Contract Number:  
EE0006297
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Applied Engineering in Agriculture
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 34; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 1943-7838
Publisher:
American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
Agriculture

Citation Formats

Sasatani, Daisuke, Eastin, Ivan L., Bowers, C. Tait, and Ganguly, Indroneil. Public Acceptance of Pre-Commercial Thinning and Energy and Soil Amendment Products from Post-Harvest Residues in Western Forests of the United States. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.13031/aea.12366.
Sasatani, Daisuke, Eastin, Ivan L., Bowers, C. Tait, & Ganguly, Indroneil. Public Acceptance of Pre-Commercial Thinning and Energy and Soil Amendment Products from Post-Harvest Residues in Western Forests of the United States. United States. doi:10.13031/aea.12366.
Sasatani, Daisuke, Eastin, Ivan L., Bowers, C. Tait, and Ganguly, Indroneil. Mon . "Public Acceptance of Pre-Commercial Thinning and Energy and Soil Amendment Products from Post-Harvest Residues in Western Forests of the United States". United States. doi:10.13031/aea.12366.
@article{osti_1541891,
title = {Public Acceptance of Pre-Commercial Thinning and Energy and Soil Amendment Products from Post-Harvest Residues in Western Forests of the United States},
author = {Sasatani, Daisuke and Eastin, Ivan L. and Bowers, C. Tait and Ganguly, Indroneil},
abstractNote = {<italic>Abstract</italic>. The goals of the Waste-to-Wisdom project is to produce bioenergy products and biochar from post-harvest forest residues and thus understanding public acceptance of the forest management and utilizing forest residues for biomass-based products is critical. This research explores the public perceptions of producing bioenergy products and biochar from forest thinning activities in the western Pacific Northwest region. A web-based survey was conducted in Washington, Oregon, and Northern California generating 1,202 responses. Multinomial regression techniques and simulation-based approach were applied to analyze how demographic and socio-economic factors influence public perceptions. People living in less populated areas are more likely to support forest thinning. Higher levels of education and household income also lead to higher levels of support for forest thinning. On the other hand, supports for forest thinning results in supports for using forest residuals to produce bioenergy products. These results suggest that different strategies are necessary to effectively communicate the environmental and ecological benefits of using forest residuals derived from forest thinning activities to produce biomass-based products. Keywords: Environmental Perceptions, Multinomial Logistic Regression, Natural Resource Management, Rural vs. Urban, Simulation-Based Approach.},
doi = {10.13031/aea.12366},
journal = {Applied Engineering in Agriculture},
issn = {1943-7838},
number = 1,
volume = 34,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {1}
}