Public Perceptions and Acceptance of Intensive Forestry in Sweden
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The use of intensive forestry on part of the forested area in Sweden increases the production of forest biomass and enables an increased use of such biomass to mitigate climate change. However, with increasing conflicting interests in forests and forestry, the success of such a strategy depends on the public acceptance. In this paper, the results of a mail survey show that although a majority of the general public in Sweden supports measures to increase forest growth, they oppose the use of intensive forestry practices such as the cultivation of exotic tree species, clones, and forest fertilization. The acceptance of such practices is mainly influenced by the perceptions of their environmental consequences. Public acceptance was highest for forest fertilization, whereas clone cultivation was the least accepted practice.
KeywordsIntensive forestry Acceptance Perceptions General public Sweden
The financial support of the European Union, the county administrative board of Jämtland, Sveaskog, SCA Forest Products, Norrskog, and Jämtkraft is acknowledged.
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