Extension educators seeking to integrate climate science into programming must respect different perceptions on climate change. We surveyed forestland managers and owners, researchers, and Extension educators nationally to compare perceptions about climate change adaptation and mitigation management in forests (n=576). Despite differences in perception that climate change is anthropogenic, we found the professional groups were often statistically similar in supporting or rejecting specific actions and receptive to learning more about a variety of forest adaptation and mitigation practices. Our findings support a role for Extension in addressing climate change and indicate areas of common ground that can minimize contention.
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Jones, C., & Lenart, M. (2014). Forestry Professionals and Extension Educators vs. Climate Change: Implications for Cooperative Extension Programming. The Journal of Extension, 52(3), Article 1. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol52/iss3/1