Forest futures by Swedish students – developing a mind mapping method for data collection

Nummelin, Tuomas and Widmark, Camilla and Riala, Maria and Sténs, Anna and Nordström, Eva-Maria and Nordin, Annika (2017) Forest futures by Swedish students – developing a mind mapping method for data collection. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research. pp. 1-11. ISSN 0282-7581

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ABSTRACTForests are an important natural resource in Sweden. They are used for multiple purposes, for example, providing economic returns from timber harvest, conservation of biodiversity, provision of wild berries and mushrooms and recreational benefits. People?s perceptions of forests and forest use are currently under transformation due to drivers like globalization and urbanization. The aim of this study was to analyse in particular Swedish university student?s visions of future forests using a newly developed survey method based on mind mapping. An online survey with mind map technique was used to collect data from university students in Umeå, northern Sweden. The study focused on features of forests, products derived from forests and activities in forests. The results indicate that students regard ecological, social and economic aspects of forests as important for future forests and the use of them. In particular, the role of non-wood forest products, like berries and mushrooms, as well as recreational features of forests were central to many of the students. The multitude of different visions suggests that forest management decisions of today, directing the future of forests, need to consider the multiple use of forests to be able to satisfy forest preferences also of younger generations.

Item Type: Article
Language: English
Future Forest Subject: UNSPECIFIED
Skogsbruk i skärningspunkten mellan dåtid och nutid > Kvalitativa studier
Depositing User: Christer Enkvist
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2017 09:48
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2017 09:48

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