New Research on Climate Change Attitudes of Southern Forestry Professionals

Screen Shot 2016-09-20 at 10.27.40 AM.pngTwo new papers have just been published in the Journal of Forestry that explore attitudes of Southern Foresters towards climate change. The first paper entitled “Climate Change Attitudes of Southern Forestry Professionals: Outreach Implications” is designed to to enhance educators’ understanding of foresters’ climate change attitudes. Interestingly, the results of this study suggest that demographic characteristics of foresters shape climate change attitudes in ways comparable to those of the general public.

The second paper, “Nonindustrial Private Forest Landowner Beliefs Toward Climate Change and Carbon Sequestration in the Southern United States” expands the analysis to include carbon sequestration and focuses on private landowners. The study found that landowners that have a neutral opinion on climate change could provide a receptive target audience for climate change education. Both papers provide useful insight into how climate change training might be designed for these audiences.

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