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Schlätel, Mareen, 2021. Protection of cultural heritage in forestry : a case study in Southern Sweden. Second cycle, A2E. Alnarp: SLU, Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre



Intensive forestry in Sweden exerts high pressure on forest ecosystem services. This includes the cultural heritage of forests. Where today, timber production dominates as a primary use, the forest had very diverse functions a few decades ago. Since these elements are often present but hardly known or visible, this can lead to a conflict of use between forestry and cultural preservation. A place where this contrast between past diverse use and current forestry dominated use exist is Tranemåla in Blekinge county in the South of Sweden.
The aim of this work is to make this diverse past use of Tranemåla visible again and to reconcile forest management and the visibility of cultural history. For this purpose, a qualitative survey was carried out in the area, mapping the cultural-historical elements. Fifteen different types of cultural relics were recorded during the mapping, including stone walls, tar valleys, torps, stone ovens, and boundary stones among others. In addition, comparison with historical maps made it possible to visualize the evolution of the landscape over the last 200 years. In particular, the development of roads and stone walls that have been built over the years to make the land more accessible became visible through the comparison.
Based on this, recommendations for action are made for the forest management plan, policy and maintenance and restoration. The recommendations focus on the integration of the results into the Forest Management Plan and the protection of the elements during forestry work, for example through colorful markings.The results of this work will be used by the Tranemåla Foundation, which owns and manages the area, to restore and maintain the cultural historical elements.

Main title:Protection of cultural heritage in forestry
Subtitle:a case study in Southern Sweden
Authors:Schlätel, Mareen
Supervisor:Brunet, Jörg and Rode, Michael
Examiner:Eriksson, Ola
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2021
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:None
Supervising department:(S) > Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre
Keywords:cultural heritage, protection, forest management, Sweden, Tranemåla
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Forestry - General aspects
Forestry production
Deposited On:29 Oct 2021 08:20
Metadata Last Modified:30 Oct 2021 01:00

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