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Forest Protection Unifies, Silviculture Divides: A Sociological Analysis of Local Stakeholders’ Voices after Coppicing in the Marganai Forest (Sardinia, Italy)

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Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Sassari, Piazza Conte di Moriana, 07100 Sassari, Italy
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Nuoro Forestry School, Department of Agriculture, University of Sassari, 08100 Nuoro, Italy
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AREA Science Park, Padriciano 99, 34149 Trieste, Italy
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Desertification Research Center, University of Sassari, Viale Italia 39, 07100 Sassari, Italy
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Department of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sassari, Piazza Duomo 6, 07041 Alghero, Italy
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School of Agricultural Forest and Food Sciences, Bern University of Applied Sciences, Länggasse 85, 3052 Zollikofen, Switzerland
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Forests 2020, 11(6), 708; https://doi.org/10.3390/f11060708
Received: 28 May 2020 / Revised: 17 June 2020 / Accepted: 22 June 2020 / Published: 25 June 2020
Today, a forest is also understood as a real social actor with multiple-scale influences, capable of significantly conditioning the social, economic, and cultural system of a whole territory. The aim of this paper is to reconstruct and interpret the population’s perception of the silvicultural activities related to traditional use of forest resources of the southwestern Sardinian Marganai State Forest. The “Marganai case” has brought to the attention of the mass media the role of this forest and its silviculture. The research was carried out via semi-structured interviews with the main stakeholders in the area. The qualitative approach in the collection and analysis of the information gathered has allowed us to reconstruct the historical-cultural and social cohesion function that the forest plays in rural communities. The results highlight that the main risks concern the erosion of the cultural forest heritage due to the abandonment of the rural dimension (mainly by the new generations, but not only), with the consequent spread of deep distortions in the perception, interpretation, and necessity of forestry activities and policy. View Full-Text
Keywords: forest planning and management; rural community sustainability; ecosystem services; forest sociology; forestry in the media forest planning and management; rural community sustainability; ecosystem services; forest sociology; forestry in the media
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Branca, G.; Piredda, I.; Scotti, R.; Chessa, L.; Murgia, I.; Ganga, A.; Campus, S.F.; Lovreglio, R.; Guastini, E.; Schwarz, M.; Giadrossich, F. Forest Protection Unifies, Silviculture Divides: A Sociological Analysis of Local Stakeholders’ Voices after Coppicing in the Marganai Forest (Sardinia, Italy). Forests 2020, 11, 708.

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