This paper reviews the state of knowledge about how sociocultural forces and human values have influenced forest health and productivity (FHP) measures, as well as how FHP practices can affect human societies and values. A recent boom in research pertaining to the 'human dimensions' of resource management has led to the development of many tools to assess sociocultural factors and techniques to enhance and support decision making processes, and these are reviewed as well. Two broad categories are used to describe sociocultural factors: 'social forces' (including residence patterns and demographic characteristics) and 'human values' about what is appropriate or desirable. The paper concludes with a series of tables that reference key research publications and sources on social science research methods.Hall and BiglerC.ole "Sociocultural factors and forest health management." Northwest Science. 2001; 75(Special issue): 208-23
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