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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Research Council. 2014. Climate Change Education: Engaging Family Private Forest Owners on Issues Related to Climate Change: A Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18807.
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CLIMATE CHANGE EDUCATION

Engaging Family Private Forest Owners
on Issues Related to Climate Change

A WORKSHOP SUMMARY

Alexandra S. Beatty, Michael Feder, and Martin Storksdieck, Rapporteurs

Steering Committee on Engaging Family Private Forest Owners on
Issues Related to Climate Change

Board on Science Education

Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

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Suggested citation: National Research Council. (2014). Climate Change Education: Engaging Family Private Forest Owners on Issues Related to Climate Change, A Workshop Summary. A. Beatty, M. Feder, and M. Storksdieck, Rapporteurs. Steering Committee on Engaging Family Private Forest Owners on Issues Related to Climate Change. Board on Science Education, Board on Environmental Change and Society, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Research Council. 2014. Climate Change Education: Engaging Family Private Forest Owners on Issues Related to Climate Change: A Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18807.
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STEERING COMMITTEE ON ENGAGING FAMILY PRIVATE FOREST OWNERS ON ISSUES RELATED TO CLIMATE CHANGE

JAMES FINLEY (Chair), Forest Resources, The Pennsylvania State University

ARUN AGRAWAL, School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

SHORNA ALLRED, Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University

CHARLES CANHAM, Cary Institute of Ecosystems

JOE E. HEIMLICH, Environment and Natural Resources, The Ohio State University

STEVEN KOEHN, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

MAUREEN H. MCDONOUGH, Department of Forestry, Michigan State University

MARY TYRRELL, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University

MICHAEL A. FEDER, Study Director

MARTIN STORKSDIECK, Director, Board on Science Education

PAUL STERN, Senior Scholar, Board on Environmental Change and Society

REBECCA KRONE, Senior Program Assistant

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BOARD ON SCIENCE EDUCATION

HELEN QUINN (Chair), Emerita, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, Stanford University

GEORGE BOGGS, Emeritus, Palomar College and American Association of Community Colleges

MELANIE COOPER, Department of Chemistry, Michigan State University

RODOLFO DIRZO, Department of Biology, Stanford University

JACQUELYNNE ECCLES, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

JOSEPH FRANCISCO, Department of Chemistry, Purdue University

MARGARET HONEY, New York Hall of Science

SUSAN W. KIEFFER, Department of Geology, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign

MATTHEW KREHBIEL, Kansas State Department of Education

MICHAEL LACH, Urban Education Institute, University of Chicago

LYNN LIBEN, Department of Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University

BRIAN REISER, School of Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University

SUZANNE WILSON, Department of Teacher Education and Center for the Scholarship of Teaching, Michigan State University

MARSHALL “MIKE” SMITH, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

ROBERTA TANNER, Retired Physics Teacher, Thompson School District, Loveland, Colorado

YU XIE, Department of Sociology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

MARTIN STORKSDIECK, Director

HEIDI A. SCHWEINGRUBER, Deputy Director

MICHAEL A. FEDER, Senior Program Officer

MARGARET HILTON, Senior Program Officer

NATALIE NIELSEN, Senior Program Officer

REBECCA KRONE, Program Associate

KELLY ARRINGTON, Senior Program Assistant

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BOARD ON ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE AND SOCIETY

RICHARD H. MOSS (Chair), Joint Global Change Research Institute

ARUN AGRAWAL, School of Natural Resources and Environment

JOSEPH ARVAI, Applied Decision Research, University of Calgary

ANTHONY BEBBINGTON, Environment and Society, and Graduate School of Geography, Clark University

WILLIAM CHANDLER, Transition Energy

F. STUART CHAPIN, III, Emeritus, University of Alaska–Fairbanks

RUTH DEFRIES, Sustainable Development, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology, Columbia University

KRISTIE L. EBI, School of Public Health, University of Washington

MARIA CARMEN LEMOS, School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

DENNIS OJIMA, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University

JONATHAN OVERPECK, Institute of the Environment, University of Arizona

STEPHEN POLASKY, Ecological/Environmental Economics, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota

J. TIMMONS ROBERTS, Environmental Studies and Sociology, Brown University

JAMES L. SWEENEY, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center, Stanford University

MEREDITH A. LANE, Board Director

PAUL C. STERN, Senior Scholar

MARY ANN KASPER, Senior Program Assistant

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Preface

This report has been prepared by the workshop rapporteurs as a factual summary of what occurred at the workshop. The planning committee’s role was limited to planning and convening the workshop. The views contained in the report are those of individual workshop participants and do not necessarily represent the views of all workshop participants, the planning committee, or the National Research Council (NRC).

This workshop summary has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the Report Review Committee of NRC. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the process. I would like to thank the following individuals for their review of this report: Keith A. Argow, President’s Office, National Woodland Owners Association, Vienna, Virginia; and F. Stuart (Terry) Chapin, III, Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska. Although the reviewers listed above provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the content of the report nor did they see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of this report was overseen by Rodolfo Dirzo, Department of

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The forested land in the United States is an asset that is owned and managed not only by federal, state, and local governments, but also by families and other private groups, including timber investment management organizations and real estate investment trusts. The more than 10 million family forestland owners manage the largest percentage of forestland acreage (35 percent) and the majority of the privately owned forestland (62 percent). The Forest Service of the United States Department of Agriculture, which is responsible for the stewardship of all of the nation's forests, has long worked with private owners of forestland on forest management and preservation. At a time when all forestland is facing intensified threats because of the long-term effects of global climate change, the Forest Service recognizes that family forestland owners play a key role in protecting forestland. It is working to identify optimal ways to engage this diverse group and support them in mitigating threats to the biologically diverse land they own or manage.

Climate Change Education: Engaging Family Private Forest Owners on Issues Related to Climate Change is the summary of a workshop, convened by the National Research Council's Board on Science Education and Board on Environmental Change and Society as part of its Climate Change Education Roundtable series, to explore approaches to the challenges that face state foresters, extension agents, private forestry consultants, and others involved with private family forestland owners on how to take climate change into consideration when making decisions about their forests. The workshop focused on how findings from the behavioral, social, and educational sciences can be used to help prepare for the impacts of climate change. The workshop participants discussed the threats to forests posed by climate change and human actions; private forestland owners' values, knowledge, and dispositions about forest management, climate change, and related threats; and strategies for improving communication between forestland owners and service providers about forest management in the face of climate change.

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