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Forests 2017, 8(11), 434; doi:10.3390/f8110434

Policy Recommendation from Stakeholders to Improve Forest Products Transportation: A Qualitative Study

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School of Forest Resources, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469, USA
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Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, USA
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Received: 20 September 2017 / Revised: 5 November 2017 / Accepted: 9 November 2017 / Published: 12 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Forest Operations, Engineering and Management)
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With recently announced federal funding and subsidies to redevelop vacant mills and the communities they were in, the forest products industry in Maine is poised to gain its momentum once again. One of the important components influencing the cost of delivered forest products is transportation. A recent study in the region has shown that the location and availability of markets along with lack of skilled labor force are the major challenges faced by the forest products transportation sector in Maine. This study was focused on developing a management guideline which included various field level options for improving trucking enterprises in Maine. For this, a qualitative research approach utilizing a case study research tradition was employed, with in-depth semi-structured interviews with professionals directly related to the forest products transportation sector used for data generation. Thirteen semi-structured interviews were conducted, with each being audio recorded and later transcribed verbatim. Interview transcriptions were analyzed using NVivo 11. Suggestions, like increasing benefits to drivers and providing training, were proposed for challenges related to manpower shortage, while the marketing of new forest products and adjustment in some state-level policies were proposed for challenges related to the forest products market condition of the state. View Full-Text
Keywords: case study; labor force; management guideline; secondary transportation case study; labor force; management guideline; secondary transportation
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Koirala, A.; Kizha, A.R.; De Urioste-Stone, S.M. Policy Recommendation from Stakeholders to Improve Forest Products Transportation: A Qualitative Study. Forests 2017, 8, 434.

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