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Building social capital in forest communities: Analysis of New Mexico's Collaborative Forest Restoration Program


Prante, Tyler; Thacher, Jennifer A.; McCollum, Daniel W.; Berrens. Robert P. 2007. Building social capital in forest communities: Analysis of New Mexico's Collaborative Forest Restoration Program. Natural Resources Journal. 47(4): 867-915.

In part because of its emphasis on building social capital, the Collaborative Forest Restoration Program (CFRP) in New Mexico represents a unique experiment in public lands management. This study uses logit probability modeling to investigate what factors determined CFRP funding, which totaled $26 million between 2001 and 2006. Results reveal program preferences for projects that encourage collaboration and improve forest health, especially in poor counties. Negative determinants of funding include measures of small-diameter material utilization, and whether a project takes place across multiple land jurisdictions. There is no evidence of bias towards funding any particular applicant type or land jurisdiction.

Keywords: social capital, Collaborative Forest Restoration Program (CFRP), New Mexico


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Title: RMRS Other Publications: Building social capital in forest communities: Analysis of New Mexico's Collaborative Forest Restoration Program
Electronic Publish Date: April 30, 2009
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