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Outdoor recreation in Tasmania's state forests : challenges and opportunities


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Branigan, S 2008 , 'Outdoor recreation in Tasmania's state forests : challenges and opportunities', Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Forestry Tasmania has a mandate enshrined in the Forestry Act 1920 to manage State
forest areas for multiple use purposes. This research critically assesses the
governance of States forests in the Huon Forest District and the provision of outdoor
recreational opportunities. A qualitative research approach was employed utilising a
multiple method approach. These methods included a literature review, semistructured
key stakeholder interviews and a Recreational Opportunity Spectrum
(ROS) planning framework. Results generated from these analyses were synthesised
using a data triangulation process to identify the emergent themes.
The conflicts that arise in multiple use management of forests were most strongly
evident in stakeholders' perceptions and highlighted that wood production
imperatives dominate planning decisions. Forest management is regulated through
the forest practices system, however, there are no provisions encompassed in the
forest practices code to guide the on-ground identification of recreational values
alongside natural, cultural and timber assessments. Public consultation procedures
were perceived as being conducted in a top-down authoritative manner with a
collective sense of disempowerment portrayed by the respondents. Semi-remote
forested landscapes appear to be a diminishing recreational setting in State forests
with future demand for outdoor activities proposed to be orientated towards these
areas. Stakeholders advocated a comprehensive inventory of recreational values to be
undertaken for all Forest Districts. The ROS framework proved to be a useful means
of assessment which could assist in further fulfilling Forest Tasmania's multiple use

Item Type: Thesis - Coursework Master
Authors/Creators:Branigan, S
Keywords: Forestry Tasmania., Forest reserves, Forest management, Outdoor recreation
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Copyright 2008 the Author

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Available for library use only and copying in accordance with the Copyright Act 1968, as amended. Thesis (MEnvMgt)--University of Tasmania, 2008. Includes bibliographical references. Ch. 1. Introduction -- Ch. 2. Research approach -- Ch. 3. Forest based tourism and ROS -- Ch. 4. Governance of state forests -- Ch. 5. Outdoor recreational opportunities -- Ch. 6. Stakeholder interview results -- Ch. 7. ROS results -- Ch. 8. Discussion and conclusions

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