Forest Values Project

Forest Renewal BC Reference Number: HQ963311-RE

Project Title:
Measurement of Forest Values and Attitudes Toward Forest Management

Project Leaders and Organization:

Dr. David B. Tindall, 
Department of Forest Resources Management, 
Department of Anthropology and Sociology, UBC
Loraine Lavallee, 
Postdoctoral Fellow and Co-investigator, UBC

This Site is Currently Under Construction

Welcome to the Forest Values Project Web Page!

The main objective of this project was to develop a questionnaire that would enable forest managers to better measure a broad array of values and attitudes associated with forest characteristics and forest management. The project involved a number of stages; these included: 1) reviewing the relevant literature; 2) development of an open-ended interview schedule; 3) conducting 302 interviews with people from the 6 forest regions in the province; 4) based on analysis of the interviews and literature, development of a closed-ended questionnaire; 5) administration of a self-administered questionnaire to participants of the interview phase of the project; 6) based on results and feedback, revision of the self-administered questionnaire. 

Below you will find a number of documents produced as part of this project. 

In particular, you can view the "Final Report" (A Report on the Forest Values Questionnaire: Development, Administration, and Evaluation, and accompanying Appendices) which provides a detailed description of the project's findings. You can view the Table of Contents for the Final Report, as well as the report itself online. You can also download the Final Report, The Interview Schedule, The Original Questionnaire (used to collect the survey data described in the report), and the Revised Questionnaire (our final product). 

The files available for downloading are zipped and will have to be unzipped using WinZip or an equivalent program. When downloading files you should view the accompanying Readme.txt files, as several different programs were used in creating the documents (these include: Wordperfect, Word, and Excel). 

In the report we describe the forest values project in detail. In particular we describe the forest values questionnaire, and its revision. We describe the types of data that can be collected by the questionnaire, and make some suggestions for the types of analyses that could be undertaken with these data. We assess the questionnaire in terms of its validity and related issues. We also discuss the creation of potential indexes and scales using data from the questionnaire. We talk about the limitation of the questionnaire, and in the final section of the report we describe a variety of concerns about forest land management that emerged during the interview phase of the project. 

We would like to encourage you to provide us with feedback on this project. 

In particular, please feel free to: 

- make suggestions regarding further revision of the Forest Values Questionnaire 
- request further information 
- make suggestions regarding analysis of the quantitative survey data 
- make requests and suggestions regarding future avenues of research associated with this 

As the research objectives have been met, and the FRBC funding period is finished, the project is officially completed. However, we are continuing to analyze the data and to produce papers. Currently one conference paper is available for viewing online or downloading. Also, Michael Mascarenhas's Masters Thesis (based on a portion of the interview data collected through the Forest Values Project) is also available for viewing online or downloading. (It is in MS Word format.) 

From time to time we will post new papers based on this research on the web site. New documents will be identified and described in the "What's New" section of the web page. Also we plan to write a book-length manuscript based on this research. We plan to undertake this endeavor sometime in the next two years. 


Dr. David B. Tindall 
Department of Forest Resources Management 
University of British Columbia 
2nd Floor, Forest Sciences Centre, 2424 Main Mall 
Vancouver, B.C. Canada V6T 1Z4 
Tel: (604) 822-2550 or 822-2363 E-mail:

What's New?

Related Conference Papers:

"Why Do You Think That Hillside is Ugly? - Some Steps Toward Understanding Public Attitudes on Forestry in B.C." Feb. 1999

Related Theses:

"Understanding Land And Resources Management Planning Processes In British Columbia: A Qualitative Aproach"
Thesis Submitted for the Master's of Science Degree by Michael Mascarenhas


View files online:
Download files:
Table of Contents
Final Report
Final Report
The Interview Schedule
The Original Questionnaire
The Revised Questionnaire