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The reality of imagination: Integrating the material and cultural values of old forests

Kanowski, Peter; Williams, Kathryn


The material benefits of forests - for example, the production of wood and environmental services - are often characterised as tangible, or 'real'. In contrast, the cultural and spiritual significance of forests for people is often characterised as intangible, or 'imagined'. Old forests are particularly valued for both their 'real' and 'imagined' values. In contemporary Western societies, the distinction between these values for old forests is frequently strongly drawn, and the two sets of...[Show more]

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Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Forest Ecology and Management
DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2009.01.011


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