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The forest as a taskscape: seeing through the good forest owner’s eyes

Linné, Tobias LU and Sellerberg, Ann Mari LU (2017) In Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research
Abstract
This article is a reanalysis of interviews conducted in 2006 and 2009 with forest owners and their families. It gives a complementary interpretation of the forest owners’ decisions to replant spruce despite strong criticism from the public and from experts. The interviewees’ visual conception of the forest landscape and how they relate to it through their forestry practices is analysed. The results show that the forest owners prefer landscapes that are clean and tidy, showing characteristics indicative of forestry skills. At the same time they remain sensitive to the existence of other value systems among the public. The forest owners’ way of looking at the forest was characterized by the fact that they worked with the landscape; for them... (More)
This article is a reanalysis of interviews conducted in 2006 and 2009 with forest owners and their families. It gives a complementary interpretation of the forest owners’ decisions to replant spruce despite strong criticism from the public and from experts. The interviewees’ visual conception of the forest landscape and how they relate to it through their forestry practices is analysed. The results show that the forest owners prefer landscapes that are clean and tidy, showing characteristics indicative of forestry skills. At the same time they remain sensitive to the existence of other value systems among the public. The forest owners’ way of looking at the forest was characterized by the fact that they worked with the landscape; for them the forest is not only a symbolic project linked to identity, but also a taskscape, an imprint of performed work. In the discussion, the forest owners’ aesthetic value system is discussed and a supplementary answer is given to why forest owners refused to heed warnings about the replanting of spruce, a question that earlier studies generally attributed to forest owners’ wish to avoid short-term economic risks. (Less)
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forestry economics , economic risk, forest owners, aesthetic evaluation, forestry practices
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Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research
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7 pages
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Taylor & Francis
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0282-7581
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10.1080/02827581.2017.1327613
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  abstract     = {This article is a reanalysis of interviews conducted in 2006 and 2009 with forest owners and their families. It gives a complementary interpretation of the forest owners’ decisions to replant spruce despite strong criticism from the public and from experts. The interviewees’ visual conception of the forest landscape and how they relate to it through their forestry practices is analysed. The results show that the forest owners prefer landscapes that are clean and tidy, showing characteristics indicative of forestry skills. At the same time they remain sensitive to the existence of other value systems among the public. The forest owners’ way of looking at the forest was characterized by the fact that they worked with the landscape; for them the forest is not only a symbolic project linked to identity, but also a taskscape, an imprint of performed work. In the discussion, the forest owners’ aesthetic value system is discussed and a supplementary answer is given to why forest owners refused to heed warnings about the replanting of spruce, a question that earlier studies generally attributed to forest owners’ wish to avoid short-term economic risks.},
  author       = {Linné, Tobias and Sellerberg, Ann Mari},
  issn         = {0282-7581},
  keyword      = {forestry economics  ,economic risk,forest owners,aesthetic evaluation,forestry practices},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {05},
  pages        = {7},
  publisher    = {Taylor & Francis},
  series       = {Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research},
  title        = {The forest as a taskscape: seeing through the good forest owner’s eyes},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02827581.2017.1327613},
  year         = {2017},
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