Forest value orientations in Australia: An application of computer content analysis

Trevor J. Webb, David N. Bengston, David P Fan

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This article explores the expression of three forest value orientations that emerged from an analysis of Australian news media discourse about the management of Australian native forests from August 1, 1997 through December 31, 2004. Computer-coded content analysis was used to measure and track the relative importance of commodity, ecological and moral/spiritual/aesthetic forest value orientations. The number of expressions of these forest value orientations followed major events in forest management and policy, with peaks corresponding to finalization of Regional Forest Agreements and conflicts over forest management. Over the time period analyzed, the relative share of commodity value orientation decreased and the shares of the ecological and moral/spiritual/aesthetic value orientations increased. The shifts in forest value orientations highlight the need for native forests to be managed for multiple values and the need for continued monitoring of forest values.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)52-63
Number of pages12
JournalEnvironmental management
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008


  • Australia
  • Computer content analysis
  • Forest value orientations


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