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Identifying NIPF Management Motivations with Qualitative Methods

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Most studies of nonindustrial private forest (NIPF) owners are constrained by the intrinsic limitations of survey research. This paper contrasts survey methodology with qualitative methodology, demonstrates the utility of the latter with an example from research on management motivations of NIPF managers in Wisconsin, and suggests ways in which the two methodologies can complement each other in future NIPF research. Sixteen case studies of Wisconsin NIPF managers were developed from transcribed tape recordings of unstructured interviews, management records, and field examinations. Cases were compared and analyzed for recurring motivations, attitudes, and values. The authors discuss how forest ownership and management contribute to owner identity, and the influence of ethnic, family, and personal identity on management activities. For. Sci. 35(2):601-622.

Keywords: Nonindustrial private forest; applied anthropology; identity ethnicity

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Associate Professor, Department of Forestry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1630 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706

Publication date: June 1, 1989

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