Lastniki gozdov v Sloveniji

Slovenia has 489,000 private forest owners which represents a challenge
for a nation of only two million. 89 % of private owners own five or
less hectares of forest or about 40 % of the entire forested area. Small
size of forest properties is related with low interest for silvicultural
works. In this research I examined the r/ole of socio-geographic factors
in managing private small-scale forest properies in Slovenia. /Despite
numerous scholarly research focused on private forest owners in
Slovenia, no one has ever systematically investigated the group of
small-scale forest owners. I used a combination of quantitative and
qualitative methods. The conducted quantitative analysis was based on
“forest owner registry” database, mixed-mode (online and paper)
questionnaire and weights assigned by stakeholders to factors. Further
qualitative analyses were performed on transcriptions of in-depth
semi-structured interviews and focus groups. In addition to owners,
stakeholders with experiences or institutional influence in private
forest management were also included in the qualitative analysis. With
descriptive statistics and statistical tests, I examined
socio-geographic characteristics of owners. By using k-means clustering,
I defined the number and characteristics of owner types. By using
Glaser’s (1998) and Charmaz's (2006) variation of grounded theory, I
performed analysis on qualitative data. I found that private small-scale
owners are relatively heterogeneous group of people and are similar to
general population of Slovenia. In comparison with other private forest
owners in Slovenia, private small-scale owners are relatively more
educated. There are fewer active farmers in this group, more women, they
reside further from their properties in urban areas of Slovenia and are
generally less engaged in forest management. To private small-scale
forest owners, forest represents insignificant source of personal
income. The analysis resulted in two forest owner types, ie. “engaged”
and “detached”. “Engaged” owners expressed heterogeneous management
objective, including management for wood production, aesthetic
enjoyment, creating a place of peace and meditation, and maintaining
healthy and diverse forest ecosystem. “Detached” owners are not prepared
to achieve any kind of management objective in the future, but
especially not production-related. “Engaged” owners assigned a higher
value on production function. Environmental and social function were
valued higher by the members of “detached” owners. “Detached” owners are
relatively more educated, and with higher income. There are more women
in this owner type and they are less affiliated with agriculture. The
study results can be useful for public forestry service and forest
advisory service since working with owners demands knowledge of their
sociogeographic characteristics. Results can also be useful for
lawmakers since this book features concrete guidelines for policy
changes which would result in sustainable small-scale forest management.
Finally, the results are useful for all citizens of Slovenia to learn
about themselves, because many of us will become owners or already are.


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