The purpose of this study was to examine how small-scale private forest owners
make decisions regarding pre-commercial thinning. In 2015 it is ten years ago
since the storm Gudrun hit the southern parts of Sweden and now large areas are
in need of pre-commercial thinning. This study is built upon qualitative
interviews with seven small-scale private forest owners with forest properties in
the county Kronoberg. The respondents were chosen by the model
SKOGSÄGARPROFILENTM (forest owner profile).
The results of the interviews showed that five categories: ownership, the storm
Gudrun´s impact, silviculture, forestry contacts and driving force was important.
How will their purpose and aim affect the pre-commercial thinning? Personal
interests, and expectations of the next generation to take over, are purposes this
study has found. Furthermore, when pre-commercial thinning is not carried out
or postponed, the silviculture has got lower priority, and other chores higher
priority. Lack of knowledge might be one issue. If so, a contact with someone
with this knowledge is important for starting up the pre-commercial thinning.
Key words: Gudrun clearing, pre-commercial thinning, personal interest, net of
contacts, private forest owners, change-of generation, “forest owner profile”.
2015. , 43 p.
Gudrun clearing, pre-commercial thinning, personal interest, net of