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The role of internet in knowledge-building among private forest owners in Sweden
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Science and Engineering, School of Engineering.
Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre, SLU.
2010 (English)In: Broadleaved forests in southern Sweden: Management for multiple goals / [ed] Magnus Löf, Jörg Brunet, Leif Mattsson, Mats Nylinder, Wiley-Blackwell, 2010, 225-234 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The major part of the temperate broadleaved forests in Sweden is owned by non-industrial private forest owners. The daily decisions on management of these forests therefore rely on a diverse owner population with various experience, age, education and attitudes. This study investigated how the forest owners obtain their information needed for their decisions. The use of internet as an information channel was specifically focused. Analyses were made of a postal questionnaire with responses from 327 private forest owners in southern Sweden. The respondents were sorted into groups of different age, education, gender, property size and residency (living on or off the property). For all groups, personal advisory was the most important channel for knowledge-building, followed by forest magazines and newsletters from forest organizations. Meetings and courses were also considered important, while internet had a lower rank. Still, 29% of all respondents considered internet as an important channel for knowledge-building in silviculture. Three-quarters of the respondents had internet access in their homes, and 40% used internet daily. Internet was used for forestry purposes at least monthly by 30% of the respondents. Age and education had a significant influence on the scored importance of internet as a communication channel for forest information, with younger forest owners (

50 yr) and owners with a university degree being the most devoted internet users. Owners >65 yr and owners with only primary school education were much less inclined to rely on internet for their information needs.

 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. 225-234 p.
Series
Ecological Bulletines, 53
Keyword [en]
private forest owners, knowledgebuilding, internet, forest management, broadleaved forests, sustainable forestry
National Category
Agricultural Sciences
Research subject
Technology (byts ev till Engineering), Forestry and Wood Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-8994ISBN: 978-1-4051-8886-9 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-8994DiVA: diva2:357372
Projects
SUFOR (SUstainable FORestry in Southern Sweden)
Available from: 2010-10-18 Created: 2010-10-18 Last updated: 2017-03-14Bibliographically approved

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