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Challenging the traditional forestry extension model:insights from the Woods Forum program in Massachusetts
Small-scale Forestry (2012)
  • Zhao Ma, Utah State University
  • David B. Kittredge
  • Paul Catanzaro

Traditional forestry education and outreach activities tend to focus on transfer-of-knowledge, often through workshops initiated and led by professionals to “teach” landowners about forest management and conservation. Less than 10 percent of family forest owners in the US have a management plan, participated in cost-share programs, certified their forest land, or hold a conservation easement, suggesting flaws in this traditional model. Some researchers and practitioners have suggested the need for a paradigm shift away from transfer-of-knowledge to more facilitative, participatory approaches, among which peer learning has gained growing attention and is supported by a number of behavioral theories. By analyzing data from participant feedback of a peer learning pilot program in Massachusetts and a follow-up mail survey, this paper examines the perceived usefulness of peer-to-peer interactions and the effect of peer learning over time...

  • Woods Forum,
  • forestry extension,
  • Massachusetts
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Ma, Z., Kittredge, D.B., Catanzaro, P. 2012. Challenging the traditional forestry extension model: insights from the Woods Forum program in Massachusetts. Small-scale Forestry 11(1): 87-100.