Articles | Volume 73, issue 4
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19 Nov 2018
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What forest is in the light of people's perceptions and values: socio-cultural forest monitoring in Switzerland

Jacqueline Frick, Nicole Bauer, Eike von Lindern, and Marcel Hunziker

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Short summary
This paper is about residents’ perceptions, evaluations, and preferences regarding forests, 3022 residents completed the Swiss Socio-cultural Forest Monitoring (WaMos). Respondents were well informed about forest issues. Forest functions such as wood production, air quality, and biodiversity were rated as more important than recreation. Mixed forests and multi-sensory experiences were preferred; wilderness was only moderately approved of.