Research Study Investigating Forest Values

Melbourne Uni LogoNative forests in Victoria are valued for many different reasons, such as for water, biodiversity, recreation, forest products, for their beauty, as well as for a range of other reasons.

The aim of the research study is to better understand the different ways people value native forests, and to better understand the relationship between what people value in forests, how forests should be managed, and indicators used to describe forests and their management. We hope such indicators can help guide future forest policy and management.

This study is being conducted by Ass/Professor Kathryn Williams, Dr. Rebecca Ford and Nerida Anderson from the Department of Resource Management and Geography at the University of Melbourne. Funding for the project is provided by the Australian Research Council (ARC) and industry partner the Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI).

We would like to interview a wide range of people with different interests in forests to ensure the research takes into account the many different ways forests are valued. The interviews will take approximately one hour during which time participants will be asked about what they think is important about native forests.

Would you, or someone you know, be interested in taking part in this research study? If you would like to participate, or if you have any queries about the study, please contact, Nerida Anderson (ph. 9035 7589; neridama@unimelb.edu.au) or Rebecca Ford (ph. 8344 0607; fordr@unimelb.edu.au).

Download more information about the research study: Identifying socially relevant indicators for native forest management

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