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The diverse values and motivations of family forest owners in the United States: An analysis of an open-ended question in the National Woodland Owner SurveyAuthor(s): David N. Bengston; Stanley T. Asah; Brett J. Butler
Source: Small-Scale Forestry. 10: 339-355.
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Northern Research Station
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DescriptionThe number of family forest owners in the USA has increased continuously in recent decades, and the fate of much of US forests lies in the hands of this diverse and dynamic group of people. The National Woodland Owner Survey (NWOS) is a recurring and comprehensive national survey of US private forest owners, including family forest owners. The NWOS includes an open-ended question that explores forest owners' motivations and values related to their woodland. The open-ended question format allows respondents to express their own frame of reference in their own words, rather than respond to predetermined, fixed-response categories of motivations. This paper describes the system of values and motivations that emerged from analysis of responses to the open-ended question, and compares these findings to a closed-ended, fixed-response question also included in the NWOS. Diverse and multidimensional motives were expressed by respondents.
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CitationBengston, David N.; Asah, Stanley T.; Butler, Brett J. 2011. The diverse values and motivations of family forest owners in the United States: An analysis of an open-ended question in the National Woodland Owner Survey. Small-Scale Forestry. 10: 339-355.
Keywordswoodland ownership reasons, forest owner typologies, motivational categories, content analysis, ecosystem services
- Values and motivations of private forest owners in the United States: a framework based on open-ended responses in the national woodland owner survey
- USDA Forest Service National Woodland Owner Survey: national, regional, and state statistics for family forest and woodland ownerships with 10+ acres, 2011-2013
- National Woodland Owner Survey: family forest ownerships with 1 to 9 acres, 2011-2013
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