Family-owned small-scale forests – betwixt and between the owners’ and others’ wishes and values

Forest owners’ value positions may not always be compatible with the goal frames of timber brokers, timber buyers, public officers, policymakers, local stakeholders or NGOs. Articulating the objectives and desires across these frames may produce tensions, misunderstandings, trust deficiencies, conflicts or deadlock situations. While forest ownership is changing, the dynamics of multiple goal frames needs special attention. This challenge leads us to ask:

  • What new, emerging or previously undiscovered wishes do small-scale forest owners have for their forests?
  • How are their wishes and values brought forward in forestry and society more generally?
  • Whose voice is heard in negotiations, media/public debate and policy?
  • Are small-scale forest owners muted?
  • Could owners’ original perspectives be articulated more clearly to mitigate negative outcomes as conflicts and deadlock situations?
  • How could non-owners’ perspectives be peacefully contemplated in service provision; how to combine owner-driven service and societal interests?

The group’s focus is family-owned small-scale forests, their owners and others occupied with the same forests. The group invites everyone interested in these forests, with different approaches, to discuss this part of contested nature.


Teppo Hujala, The Finnish Forest Researche Institute – METLA

Gro Follo, Centre for Rural Research