The purpose of the British Columbia Sustainable Forest Management Public Opinion Survey was to inform Public Advisory Groups of stakeholder and constituency opinions and beliefs about sustainable forest management. This project reflects an attempt to realize continual improvement in the ways in which the Public Advisory Groups deliberate forest management issues, and to contribute to discussions about appropriate forest management practices in and near their communities. This report summarizes and synthesizes the responses received from the communities.
The survey instrument was a twelve-page booklet that contained questions that comprehensively measured people?s opinions and beliefs about a wide range of forest values and functions. The twelve questions that made up the survey were:
Question 1: Opinions and beliefs about forest management issues in BC.
Question 2: Opinions and beliefs about sustainability issues in BC.
Question 3: Opinions about economic contributions of forestry in BC.
Question 4: Opinions about priorities for sustaining forest values.
Question 5: Satisfaction with forest management outcomes.
Question 6: Monitoring the management of forest values.
Question 7: Importance of local forest management objectives.
Question 8: Local forest management issues.
Question 9: Management of rare plants and wildlife.
Question 10: Global warming.
Question 11: Experiences with outdoor recreation.
Question 12: Demographics.
There was also space for respondents to provide general comments. Analysis of these comments is not provided here. There were relatively few number of absolute differences in opinions and attitudes towards forest management. Although there were many statistically significant differences in the mean responses of communities, the differences appear to be differences of degree, not absolute differences.
Harshaw, Howard W.. 2010. George TSA SFM Public Opinion Survey: Comparison of 2006/2007 and 2009. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program. Forest Investment Account Report. FIA2010MR158
Topic: FLNRORD Research Program
Keywords: Forest, Investment, Account, (FIA), Land, Base, Investment, Program
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