of the U.S. Department of Agriculture is dedicated to theprinciple of multiple use management of the Nation’s forest resources for sus-tained yields of wood, water, forage, wildlife, and recreation. Through forestryresearch, cooperation with the States and private forest owners, and manage-ment of the national forests and national grasslands, it strives—as directed byCongress—to provide increasingly greater service to a growing Nation.The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all itsprograms and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability,and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion,sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all orpart of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program. (Notall prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who requirealternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print,audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voiceand TDD).To file a complaint of discrimination write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights,1400 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider andemployer.
Eric M. White
is research economist, and
Ralph J. Alig
is team leader and re-search forester, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific NorthwestResearch Station, Forestry Sciences Laboratory, 3200 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis,OR 97331;
Susan M. Stein
is private forest land studies coordinator, U.S. Depart-ment of Agriculture, Forest Service, Cooperative Forestry Staff, Mailstop 1123,1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-1123;
Lisa G. Mahal
isgeographic information systems analyst, University of Nevada Las Vegas and U.S.Department of Agriculture, 1992 Folwell Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108;
is research scientist, Colorado State University, Natural Resource Ecol-ogy Laboratory, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1499.
Background photo by Larry Korhnak, inset photos by Anita Morzillo.