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Kovacs, B; Uchiyama, Y; Miyake, Y; Penker, M; Kohsaka, R.
(2020): An explorative analysis of landscape value perceptions of naturally dead and cut wood: a case study of visitors to Kaisho Forest, Aichi, Japan
J FOREST RES-JPN. 2020; 25(5): 291-298. FullText FullText_BOKU

Abstract:
Diverse demands for contemporary forest management require greater consideration to cultural ecosystem services. Given the circumstances, understanding how forest elements are perceived can provide valuable information for park managers. Perceptions of visitors have been explored in current studies but research linking these elements with values remains limited. This study revisited perceptions of naturally dead wood compared to cut wood. We reexamined the scholary hypothesis that distinctions between naturally dead and cut wood are comparatively weak for Japanese people and further examined the values attached to any such distinctions. To test the suggested hypothesis, we explored landscape value perceptions of naturally dead and cut wood. In a case study of visitors to Kaisho Forest, Aichi, Japan, we administered a questionnaire that included a photograph evaluation approach. We performed a chi-square test and cluster analysis. The cluster analysis based on associated values from the images identified the naturally dead and obvious cut wood belong to two distinctive clusters. This study further revealed that cluster membership of cut wood depends on the degree of human intervention. Photographs of naturally dead wood and an overgrown humanly induced trunk from coppicing with relatively minor human intervention were associated with natural, spiritual, and aesthetic values. In contrast, fire wood - in the second cluster of cut wood - was associated with educational and productive values. An additional outcome of the chi-square test showed that women tended to assign more therapeutic values to forests and overgrown trunks in the forest than men.
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Penker Marianne
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Naturally dead wood
landscape values
cultural ecosystem services
therapeutic value
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