Public priorities for sustainable forest management in six forest dependent communities of British Columbia

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It is critical to understand how the public prioritizes multiple forestry values when establishing objectives for sustainable forest management. While this is a complex and difficult task, a necessary step is to elicit a broad range of public opinions in forest planning to ensure that decisions serve the needs of various forest stakeholders and society at large. This study seeks to understand how six forest dependent communities in British Columbia prioritize a number of attributes associated with sustainable forest management by using a simple survey-based measurement tool, the Thurstone scale. The results suggest that ecological attributes are a higher priority for survey respondents followed by quality of life, global warming, and economic considerations. This paper explores some of the ramifications of the priorities for sustainable forest management measured in these six communities as well as implications for using the Thurstone scale in processes like Public Advisory Groups.

Il est crucial de comprendre comment le public établit des priorités parmi les multiples valeurs forestières lorsqu’il s’agit de fixer des objectifs d’aménagement forestier durable. Bien que cette tâche soit difficile et complexe, il faut obtenir une vaste gamme d’opinions du public en planification forestière pour s’assurer que les décisions satisfassent les diverses parties prenantes en forêt et l’ensemble de la société. Cette étude cherche à comprendre comment six communautés qui dépendent de la forêt en Colombie-Britannique établissent des priorités parmi plusieurs attributs associés à l’aménagement forestier durable, en utilisant un outil de mesure simple basé sur un sondage, soit l’échelle de Thurstone. Les résultats indiquent que les attributs écologiques ont le plus haut niveau de priorité pour ceux qui ont répondu au sondage, suivis par la qualité de vie et les considérations d’ordre économique. Cet article explore quelques-unes des conséquences de ces priorités pour l’aménagement forestier durable dans ces six communautés ainsi que les implications de l’utilisation de l’échelle de Thurstone dans les processus comme les groupes consultatifs publics.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2008

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