Canadian Forest Service Publications

Forest values and management preferences of two stakeholder groups in the Foothills Model Forest. 1999. McFarlane, B.L.; Boxall, P.C. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Northern Forestry Centre, Edmonton, Alberta. Information Report NOR-X-364.

Year: 1999

Issued by: Northern Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 11946

Language: English

Series: Information Report (NoFC - Edmonton)

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This report provides a descriptive analysis of forest values, attitudes toward forest management, knowledge of basic forest-related facts, and socioeconomic characteristics of two stakeholder groups of the Foothills Model Forest in Alberta: campers and hunters. Data were collected by mail surveys in 1997. Results show that campers and hunters were more bio-centered than human-centered in their forest value orientations. A minority of respondents agreed with attitude statements that reflect successful sustainable forest management in Alberta, a minority agreed with most economic development and timber-oriented forest management objectives, and a majority agreed with most protection-oriented management strategies. A cluster analysis, based on forest values, identified three segments: Bio-centered, Human-centered, and Moderates. The Bio-centered Group differed from the others on socioeconomic characteristics and management preferences. Generally campers and hunters were found to support a holistic approach to natural resource management that considers multiple values, suggesting that a sustainable forest management philosophy is consistent with these stakeholders' values and preferences.