The practice of extension in improving forest and natural resource management around the world is increasing. In 2003 an international symposium of extensionists working in forestry and natural resources was convened in Troutdale, Oregon. Thirty-five papers from 11 countries focused on successful strategies that have been employed in extension work around the globe. Twenty-two strategies were highlighted that relate to educational approach or programming. Members of the Extension Working Party of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (500 members from 70 countries) were surveyed to see if they used these strategies often or sometimes, or if they did not use them but would like to, or if they don’t feel the strategy is relevant to them. Results were compiled by three constructed regions: U.S. and Canada; Europe and Australia; and Asia, Africa, and Latin America, and differences were tested using Pearson’s χ2. In general, the strategies were consistently and widely used around the world. Typically from 70 to 95% of the survey respondents indicated that they use the strategy often or sometimes. Regional differences occurred with only six of the 22 strategies. For example, the strategy develop collaborations with associations of learners, such as forest owner associations was used often or sometimes by 90% of respondents from the U.S. and Canada, 83% of respondents from Europe and Australia, and only 47% of respondents from Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Reasons for these significant (p < 0.0001) differences are proposed. Additionally, some barriers to use of some of the strategies are reported.
Keywords: Community Forestry, Extension Strategies, Forestry Extension, Forest Owners, Natural Resource Management