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Swedish private forest owners' perceptions and intentions with respect to adopting exotic tree species
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Ecotechnology and Sustainable Building Engineering.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Ecotechnology and Sustainable Building Engineering. Linnaeus University, 351 95 Växjö, Sweden .
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Ecotechnology and Sustainable Building Engineering. Linnaeus University, 351 95 Växjö, Sweden .
2013 (English)In: European Journal of Forest Research, ISSN 1612-4669, E-ISSN 1612-4677, Vol. 132, no 3, 433-444 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Swedish forest growth can be increased through intensive forestry practices, enabling an increased use of forest biomass for climate-change mitigation. However, the diffusion of such practices depends on the forest owners' adoption of them. We study Swedish private forest owners' perceptions and intentions with respect to increasing forest growth by adopting exotic tree species. The results of a mail-in questionnaire survey show that although a majority of forest owners desire increasing forest growth, most owners have only a basic understanding of exotic tree species and a smaller proportion is interested in adopting them. The intention to adopt exotics seems to depend on the perceived performance of the species with respect to the economic aspects of forest management rather than on environmental or recreational concerns. Whereas a knowledge gap among the private forest owners regarding how to increase forest growth is implied, forest owners with higher self-rated knowledge of forestry and exotics have stronger intentions to adopt such species.

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2013. Vol. 132, no 3, 433-444 p.
Keyword [en]
private forest owners, intensive forestry, perceptions, exotics, Sweden
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-18203DOI: 10.1007/s10342-013-0682-5ISI: 000317422900003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84876085494OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-18203DiVA: diva2:584491
Available from: 2013-01-09 Created: 2013-01-09 Last updated: 2014-04-24Bibliographically approved

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