Small-scale Forestry

, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 257–271 | Cite as

Woodland Management and Public Good Outputs: Appraising the Trade-offs in English Woodlands

  • Julie Urquhart
Research Article


This paper examines the trade-offs between woodland management for timber and public good outputs in English woodlands. Recent evidence suggests that some public good values may be declining as a result of a lack of woodland management. Such under-management has been attributed to the decline in timber values and reduction in the productivity of woodlands and forests for timber products. It is argued that assessing the management needs of woodlands in order to enhance public good outputs presents a complex challenge and often depends on a variety of factors, including location, type of woodland, age, condition, substitutability and ownership motivation. However, in most instances a moderate level of management (whether for timber or otherwise) is likely to be beneficial for public good outputs.


Non-market benefits Market failure Under-management Wood products 



This paper has arisen out of a research project conducted on behalf of the Forestry Commission and DEFRA in 2006. The research report was co-authored by Julie Urquhart, Bill Slee and David Taylor.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Countryside and Community Research InstituteUniversity of GloucestershireCheltenhamUK

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