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Public forests and community expectations

Williamson, J, Moore, S.A. and Warren, C.ORCID: 0000-0003-3842-4637 (2006) Public forests and community expectations. In: 12th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM) (2006), 3 - 8 June, Vancouver


The publicly owned eucalypt forests of south west Western Australia have been the focus of lively discussions over the last decade or two. The discussions have become polarised between those who want to stop logging and those who consider logging and regeneration are legitimate uses of publicly owned forests. But there is much more to a forest than logging and regeneration. A preliminary survey using open ended interviews, together with a detailed questionnaire incorporating a Likert scale, explored the individual expectations of those interviewed relating to 176 activities, products and other things associated with publicly owned forests. Over 40 people were interviewed covering a range of ages and occupations and included some aboriginal people and some young people. Preliminary findings suggest that tranquillity is a major desirable feature of forests. And there are many other expectations including rejuvenation and renewal as well as logging and regeneration. What does this mean for forest managers, for the community, for the environment and for the economy?

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Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Environmental Science
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