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Degree Name

Master of Science in Forest and Natural Resource Sciences (MSFNRS)

Document Type

Master's Thesis


Agriculture, Food and Environment


Forestry and Natural Resources

First Advisor

Dr. Thomas O. Ochuodho

Second Advisor

Dr. Jeffrey W. Stringer


Rural communities depend on the forest sector to fulfill their subsistence needs and maintain economic well-being. The forest sector in Kentucky plays an important role in the state’s rural economic development through provision of market and non-market goods and services along with employment. However, there is lack of understanding of how Kentucky communities’ dependence on forest sector is correlated with the communities’ economic well-being. This research examines the economic contribution of the forest sector and uses common indicators of forest sector dependence and economic well-being to explore the relationship between forest sector dependence and economic well-being at three regional levels across Kentucky. Different forms of regression and correlation analyses were applied. Results show that different forest sub-sectors in different regions have mixed relationships with indicators of economic well-being. These results could be applicable in designing incentive programs to support sustainable and thriving forest sector in the state.

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