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This study aimed at figuring out the distributions of spatial and temporal scales of Finnish family forest owners’ decisions as well as the relative commonness of various topics and popularity of alternative decision service types. A specific emphasis was given to biodiversity-related decision making from a forest planning perspective. Mail questionnaire data (n=1244 with response rate 59.7%) were analyzed with standard statistical methods. Results show that owners most commonly consider the next year’s silvicultural treatments or timber trade from their whole forest holding. Some 40% of owners indicated a willingness to protect some part of their forest holding temporarily. About 10% were ready to protect without compensation, and 30% for compensation. Some 7% would be satisfied with compensation below the economic opportunity cost. The results indicate that Finnish family forest owners would benefit from contextual services that complement the tactical forest plans on a yearly basis. Biodiversity protection and nature-friendly forestry do seem to rise as a topic of notable interest. Game and aesthetic values associate positively with biodiverse stands. To better attract today’s diverse forest owners, forest management planning needs to be re-designed towards decision support service modules that respond to the questions arisen in owners’ actual decision situations.

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