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Managing forest aesthetics in the boreal fringe
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies. (Arcum)
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.
2014 (English)In: International forestry review, ISSN 1465-5489, E-ISSN 2053-7778, Vol. 16, no 5, 52- p.Article in journal, Meeting abstract (Other academic) Published
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The value and management of forest aesthetics have been heavily studied since the early 1970s. However, studies moving outsideof urban areas are less frequent. This also holds for Sweden. Previous research has focused on the southern, urban parts of thecountry rather than the sparsely populated, forest dependent, northern interior. However, to increase the quality of livelihood inthese areas, an aesthetically attractive environment is an important component. This paper discusses the attitudes to aestheticalconsiderations among forest owners and consultants in the northern parts of Sweden. It raises questions such as: Whichconsiderations have been taken to aesthetical values in boreal forests? What policies lay behind and what was gained from theseconsiderations? What are the attitudes to forest aesthetics today and who will be responsible for the preservation and creationof aesthetical values in the future? The study has been conducted through a qualitative literary review of previous research andinterviews with present stakeholders. Preliminary results show that the societal interest in forest aesthetics is high, but policiesregulating these values have become more vague. There also seem to be a discrepancy between forest owner’s and consultant’sattitudes when discussing aesthetical considerations in boreal productive forests.

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2014. Vol. 16, no 5, 52- p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-108227OAI: diva2:851606
Sustaining Forests, Sustaining People: the Role of Research XXIV IUFRO World Congres, 5-11 October 2014, Salt Lake City, USA.
Mistra - The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research
Available from: 2015-09-07 Created: 2015-09-07 Last updated: 2016-05-25Bibliographically approved

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