Journal article

Core values underpin the attributes of forests that matter to people

Nerida Anderson, Rebecca M Ford, Lauren T Bennett, Craig Nitschke, Kathryn JH Williams



Managers of public forests are required to balance multiple values of forests. Developing policies to represent these can be impeded by uncertainty regarding how to understand and describe values relevant to forests. This paper addresses one source of ambiguity by examining forest values at two levels of abstraction: Core values of people (principles that guide in life), and valued attributes of forests (qualities of forests important to people). We used in-depth interviews with 36 members of the public in Victoria, Australia to describe the values relevant to forests at both levels.We then examined relationships between values based on a survey of members of the Victorian public (n = 915). ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research was funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council, with support from industry partner Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, State Government of Victoria. The clarity of the manuscript was improved with helpful feedback from two anonymous reviewers.