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Trees & Humankind: Cultural & Psychological Bindings

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WSFNR-17-03
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     To effectively educate people about trees and forests, natural resource managers must understand the beliefs and perceptions concerning trees and forests within different communities and cultures. The reverence and adoration of trees has a strong psychological and social foundation in most human cultures.  The influence of trees and forests on cultural development can better prepare natural resource mangers to understand public and private attitudes toward community trees and forests.  
     Community natural resource management requires a heightened awareness of cultural contexts and psychological needs. Clearly understanding the human—tree relationship is essential for education, motivation, and social acceptance of community natural resource management messages. What has been the tie which binds humans and trees together?

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Community and Urban Forestry
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