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dc.contributor.advisorPulkki, Reino
dc.contributor.authorSydney, Havenga
dc.date.accessioned2020-01-08T20:12:06Z
dc.date.available2020-01-08T20:12:06Z
dc.date.created2019
dc.date.issued2019
dc.identifier.urihttp://knowledgecommons.lakeheadu.ca:7070/handle/2453/4562
dc.description.abstractGauging the perception of current and future professionals in the Canadian forestry sector is crucial to understanding how forests are managed in the thought of climate change. The aim of the study was to quantify how the perceptions of forest management and climate change differ between professional statuses. In addition, the study aims to determine professionals’ attitudes towards climate change and whether current forestry practices are adequate to adapt and mitigate climate change. To achieve these objectives an online survey was sent out to forestry professionals across Canada, including first and fourth-year forestry students as well as more experienced foresters. In total, 109 completed surveys were submitted. Using the Mann-Whitney test it was determined that there was no significant difference in the perceptions between the different levels of forestry professionals. The responses were amalgamated to further analyze the responses. Climate change was perceived as real with impacts expecting to increase in the near future, not ample time to act. Clearcutting and continuous both perceived acceptable forest management techniques in the face of climate change. Current forestry practices perceived as not being sufficient to combat climate change, however main barriers to adapting and mitigating such cost, political motivation, and knowledge barriers were highlighted. Despite interest in adapting to and mitigating climate change, the unpredictability of the effects of climate change will hinder the abilities of forest managers. Since there is a willingness from foresters to implement climate change strategies, it is recommended that future research focus on identifying and breaking down the barriers to adaptation and mitigation.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectClimate changeen_US
dc.subjectForest managementen_US
dc.subjectForestry professionalsen_US
dc.subjectAdaptation and mitigation (climate change)en_US
dc.titleCanadian forestry professionals’ perceptions of forest management and climate changeen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
etd.degree.nameHonours Bachelor of Science in Forestryen_US
etd.degree.levelBacheloren_US
etd.degree.disciplineNatural Resources Managementen_US
etd.degree.grantorLakehead Universityen_US


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