Interactions Between Forest Owners and Their Forests

  • Gun Lidestav
  • Camilla Thellbro
  • Per Sandström
  • Torgny Lind
  • Einar Holm
  • Olof Olsson
  • Kerstin Westin
  • Heimo Karppinen
  • Andrej Ficko


More than half of the forest land in Europe is privately owned, and ownership structure is known to have implications for management, production of timber and other forest products and services that support the transformation towards a green economy. This chapter provides examples of how we can gain knowledge about the forest and forest owner/user relationship from a structural point of view. Sweden is taken as an example because of the accessibility of continuous data on forest conditions, ownership and demographic data. It is concluded that the pace of change in ownership structure and forest management behaviour is slow. Further, neither the ongoing migration, urbanisation, ageing population nor the increased proportion of women seems to reduce the willingness to manage and harvest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gun Lidestav
    • 1
  • Camilla Thellbro
    • 1
  • Per Sandström
    • 1
  • Torgny Lind
    • 1
  • Einar Holm
    • 2
  • Olof Olsson
    • 2
  • Kerstin Westin
    • 2
  • Heimo Karppinen
    • 3
  • Andrej Ficko
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Forest Resource ManagementSwedish University of Agricultural SciencesUmeåSweden
  2. 2.Department of Geography and Economic HistoryUmeå UniversityUmeåSweden
  3. 3.Department of Forest SciencesUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  4. 4.Department of Forestry and Renewable Forest ResourcesUniversity of LjubljanaLjubljanaSlovenia

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