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Uneven-aged forest management in boreal Sweden: local forestry stakeholders' perceptions of different sustainability dimensions

Axelsson, Robert and Angelstam, Per (2011). Uneven-aged forest management in boreal Sweden: local forestry stakeholders' perceptions of different sustainability dimensions. Forestry. 84:5, 567-579
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Abstract

To implement policies on sustainable forest management (SFM), there is a need to satisfy economical, ecological and socio-cultural sustainability objectives. Due to a long history of sustained yield wood production to satisfy the needs of the forest industry, clearfelling management systems are used in similar to 96 per cent of managed forests in Sweden. To satisfy the intentions of contemporary forest and land use policies, uneven-aged forest management systems as a complement are currently debated. We interviewed local forestry stakeholders in the Swedish boreal forest region's north and south about their views on and attitudes towards different forest management systems' contribution to SFM. Most stakeholders were generally negative to the use of uneven-aged system for sustained yield wood production but saw advantages for ecological and socio-cultural dimensions of SFM. To encourage the use of even-aged cohort and uneven-aged systems to satisfy all dimensions of SFM, there is a need for improved communication, education and public awareness. This could ultimately lead to a more constructive and less heated debate. In addition, there is a need of more empirically based knowledge about uneven-aged and cohort forest management systems' pros and cons when it comes to satisfying economical, ecological and socio-cultural objectives.

Authors/Creators:Axelsson, Robert and Angelstam, Per
Title:Uneven-aged forest management in boreal Sweden: local forestry stakeholders' perceptions of different sustainability dimensions
Series/Journal:Forestry (1464-3626)
Year of publishing :2011
Volume:84
Number:5
Page range:567-579
Number of Pages:13
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN:1464-3626
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Accepted version
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Forest Science
Keywords:sustainable forest management, SFM
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-2149
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-2149
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Type of IDID
Web of Science (WoS)000297241900011
DOI10.1093/forestry/cpr034
ID Code:11441
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > School for Forest Management
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:02 Oct 2014 11:01
Metadata Last Modified:17 Feb 2016 09:38

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