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Seeing the owner behind the trees: a typology of small-scale private woodland owners in England

Seeing the owner behind the trees: a typology of small-scale private woodland owners in England

Urquhart, Julie and Courtney, Paul (2011) Seeing the owner behind the trees: a typology of small-scale private woodland owners in England. Forest Policy and Economics, 13 (7). pp. 535-544. ISSN 1389-9341 (doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.forpol.2011.05.010)

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Abstract

The diversity of woodland ownership in England has increased in recent decades to encompass a wide range of non-financially-oriented owners, many with little previous experience of woodland management. With public benefits such as environmental conservation, amenity and carbon sequestration being increasingly emphasised in forest policy agendas, there is a need to understand the willingness and ability of traditional and new owner groups to deliver such benefits. A quantitative typology of private woodland owners was developed through a self-completion postal survey administered in three study areas in England: the Lake District, Cornwall and the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Owners were classified using Factor, Cluster and Discriminant analysis into six owner types: the Individualist, the Multifunctional Owner, the Private Consumer, the Conservationist, the Investor and the Amenity Owner. Of all owner types, Multifunctional Owners are the most likely to deliver a range of public benefits, while Individualists are the least amenable to subsidies to encourage public good delivery. A range of policy options will be required to
reflect to diverse range of objectives and goals of woodland owners, including advisory services, incentives
and market mechanisms.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: private woodland, public benefits, amenity, classification, attitudes, motivations
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
S Agriculture > SD Forestry
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science > Department of Pharmaceutical, Chemical & Environmental Sciences
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/6877

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