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Forests 2011, 2(1), 30-50; doi:10.3390/f2010030
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Forest Values and Forest Management Attitudes among Private Forest Owners in Sweden

1,*  and 2
1 Department of Psychology, Umea University, SE-901 87, Umea, Sweden 2 Department of Social and Economic Geography, Umea University, SE-901 87, Umea, Sweden
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 1 November 2010 / Accepted: 20 December 2010 / Published: 29 December 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Future Forests)
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Abstract

The present study focused on how forests will be managed in the future in light of the increased emphasis being put by the public on the ecological and recreational values of forests, the trend towards an increased share of non-resident forest owners, and the increased female forest ownership. The value and belief basis of forest management attitudes was explored using a questionnaire sent to a sample of private forest owners ‘residing on’ (n = 995, return rate = 51.3%) and ‘not residing on’ the forest property (n = 997, return rate = 50%). The results showed that a share of private forest owners strongly value both the view that the forest should predominately be used for timber production and the view that preservation is most important. The proposed hierarchical structure of influence, in which the forest management attitude was influenced by values and beliefs, was supported in the study. The ecological, recreational, and production forest values primarily influenced the most closely related forest management attitude, even if some cross-sectional effects and some effects of socio-demographics were found, showing that the view a private forest owner has on different forms of management styles is shaped by the perceived multiple values of the forest.
Keywords: private forest owners; forest values; forest management attitudes; socio-demographics private forest owners; forest values; forest management attitudes; socio-demographics
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Nordlund, A.; Westin, K. Forest Values and Forest Management Attitudes among Private Forest Owners in Sweden. Forests 2011, 2, 30-50.

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