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Forest owner is more than her goal: a qualitative typology of Lithuanian owners

Stanislovaitis, Andrius and Brukas, Vilis and Kavaliauskas, Marius and Mozgeris, Gintautas (2015). Forest owner is more than her goal: a qualitative typology of Lithuanian owners. Scandinavian journal of forest research. 30:5, 478-491
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02827581.2014.998706

Abstract

In contrast to quantitative surveys up to date, this study employs in-depth interviews and qualitative analyses aiming to provide detailed contextualized portrayals of private forest owners (PFOs) in Lithuania, where forest ownership underwent crucial changes in the last two decades. We scrutinized narrations of 18 owners, focusing on the background and goals of forest possession, actually applied management practices and informants' future plans. Content analysis of the narrations revealed three classes of goals: ideational rationale, i.e. immaterial justification for owning and managing forest, financial goals referring to monetary benefits from selling forest products and own material use for household needs. Reported practices differ widely among PFOs, ranging from largely absent management to intensive silvicultural regimes. Syntheses of each informant's goals and practices enabled discerning four types of PFOs. Forest Businessmen typically own largest estates (>100 ha) and regard forest as an investment to get long-term financial benefits; they resort to forest management for timber and often intend to enlarge their possessions. Household Foresters primarily use timber for own needs, regularly applying selective tree cutting; such forestry results in frequent but small-scale management interventions. Passive Forest Lovers aspire for recreational or environmental values, being largely uninterested in timber harvesting. Ad Hoc Owners usually are small scale, have vague goals and rarely engage in forest management. The study concludes with discussing policy implications of the identified diversity of PFOs.

Authors/Creators:Stanislovaitis, Andrius and Brukas, Vilis and Kavaliauskas, Marius and Mozgeris, Gintautas
Title:Forest owner is more than her goal: a qualitative typology of Lithuanian owners
Series/Journal:Scandinavian journal of forest research (0282-7581)
Year of publishing :2015
Volume:30
Number:5
Page range:478-491
Number of Pages:14
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:0282-7581
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Accepted version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:K Forestry > K01 Forestry - General aspects
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 401 Agricultural, Forestry and Fisheries > Forest Science
Agrovoc terms:private forests, forestry, forestry policy, managment, lithuania
Keywords:forest policy, private forestry, owner goals, management practices
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-2811
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-e-2811
Additional ID:
Type of IDID
Web of Science (WoS)000354162800011
ID Code:12335
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:29 Jul 2015 11:17
Metadata Last Modified:10 Feb 2016 09:21

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