Special Issue "Expanding Forests’ Benefits: Forest-based Recreation and Tourism"


A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2011)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Taylor V. Stein
University of Florida, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, PO Box 110410, Gainesville, FL 32611, USA
Website: http://www.sfrc.ufl.edu/faculty/stein/
E-Mail: tstein@ufl.edu
Interests: improving the understanding of visitors to natural areas and incorporating that knowledge into natural resource management frameworks; ecotourism research which includes collaborative planning and outcomes focused management

Associate Editor
Dr. Frank Søndergaard Jensen
University of Copenhagen, Danish Centre for Forest Landscape and Planning (Forest & Landscape), Faculty of Life Sciences, Rolighedsvej 23, DK-1958 Frederiksberg C, Denmark
Website: http://en.sl.life.ku.dk/
E-Mail: fsj@life.ku.dk
Interests: monitoring the use of nature areas (especially forest areas) for recreation; assessment of the general populations’ preferences for different environments for recreational purposes; importance of wildlife for outdoor experiences; values and ethical questions in relation to wildlife management

Associate Editor
Dr. Liisa Tyrväinen
METLA (Finnish Forest Research Institute) & University of Lapland, Metla, P.O. BOX 18, FIN-01301, Vantaa, Finland
Website: http://www.metla.fi/ohjelma/hyv/index-en.htm
E-Mail: liisa.tyrvainen@metla.fi
Interests: nature-based tourism demand; landscape research; participatory land-use and natural resource planning and economic analysis of landscape and recreation values

Associate Editor
Prof. Dr. Nobuhiko Tanaka
Tokai University, School of Tourism, 4-1-1 Kita-Kaname, Hiratsuka City, Kanagawa Prefecture, 259-1292, Japan
E-Mail: tanaka_nobuhiko@tokai-u.jp
Interests: forest recreation and landscape planning; leisure studies; tourism theory; spatial analyses of forest recreation; satoyama woodland management for non-timber use

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

People, all over the world, look to their forests to provide a wealth of economic and non-economic benefits. In many cases, policy makers and forest managers have a difficult time directly addressing the many intangible, but highly valued benefits derived from recreation and tourism activities. For example, forests provide people with opportunities to view and experience aesthetic and restorative environments, relieve mental stress, and become physically fit. Moreover forest- based tourism is a growing land-use activity and an important economic sector that involves a variety of different types of entrepreneurs, many of which are relatively small, located in rural regions, and might only work part-time in tourism combined with agriculture, forestry or other rural means of livelihood. Many of these businesses are challenged by seasonality in tourism demand and the use of natural areas for tourism and recreation purposes might conflict with other natural resource uses. Even with the complex and valuable role recreation and tourism plays in forest management, it is somewhat rare to find the benefits of forest-based recreation and tourism specifically addressed in forest strategies or management plans. Over the last half century, social science researchers have made great strides to better understand how to provide opportunities to attain the wealth of personal, social, economic, and environmental benefits available through the use of forests for recreation and tourism. In this special issue, we will provide examples of research from around the world that highlights the state-of-the art information related to recreation and tourism forest policies, strategies, and management. From the identification of recreation indicators to the development of social theories, like place attachment, this special issue will provide a contemporary illustration of recreation and tourism’s role in expanding and improving forest management.

Taylor V. Stein
Frank Søndergaard Jensen
Nobuhiko Tanaka
Liisa Tyrväinen
Guest Editors


  • sustainable nature-based tourism
  • ecotourism
  • community development
  • economics
  • forest recreation
  • recreation policy
  • recreation benefits
  • recreation ecology

Published Papers (7 papers)

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Forests 2011, 2(4), 875-893; doi:10.3390/f2040875
Received: 13 May 2011; in revised form: 6 September 2011 / Accepted: 17 October 2011 / Published: 26 October 2011
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Forests 2011, 2(4), 894-912; doi:10.3390/f2040894
Received: 15 September 2011; in revised form: 6 October 2011 / Accepted: 19 October 2011 / Published: 28 October 2011
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Forests 2011, 2(4), 913-928; doi:10.3390/f2040913
Received: 11 October 2011; Accepted: 21 October 2011 / Published: 2 November 2011
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Forests 2011, 2(4), 993-1012; doi:10.3390/f2040993
Received: 31 August 2011; in revised form: 11 November 2011 / Accepted: 28 November 2011 / Published: 2 December 2011
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Forests 2011, 2(4), 1031-1048; doi:10.3390/f2041031
Received: 7 October 2011; in revised form: 24 November 2011 / Accepted: 28 November 2011 / Published: 9 December 2011
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Forests 2012, 3(1), 1-21; doi:10.3390/f3010001
Received: 1 September 2011; in revised form: 1 December 2011 / Accepted: 19 December 2011 / Published: 23 December 2011
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by , , ,  and
Forests 2012, 3(2), 155-165; doi:10.3390/f3020155
Received: 16 January 2012; in revised form: 14 March 2012 / Accepted: 5 April 2012 / Published: 12 April 2012
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