Article | Last updated: 2014-12-03 | Ministry of Agriculture and Food
The outback is by age-old tradition very important also as a recreation arena in Norway, where a sizeable segment of the population go to enjoy hunting, fishing and trekking. These values, too, are promoted under the stewardship of sustainable forestry.
Forest roads allow timber to be hauled out of forest areas, but they are also the gateway for hunters, fishermen and outdoor enthusiasts.
Outdoor recreation is highly valued among a majority of Norwegians. TNS Gallup's Nature and Environment Survey of 2014 shows that nine out of ten are interested in the outdoors and outdoors activities.
The great outdoors is a treasure trove for adventure and recreation. At the same time marketing of guided tours and activities supports a considerable volume of employment in non-urban districts.
Sales of hunting and fishing licences are of great economic importance to many individual landowners. A wide range of nature-based adventure products contribute to local employment and wealth creation across the country. And demand is increasing, both at home and abroad.
Ten times the value
A report prepared by the Norwegian Forest Owners Association in 2010 concludes that it is possible to more than double the industry's economic output in a matter of years.
This requires a realignment towards meeting the needs expressed in market demands, through closely coordinated management policies for the utilization of agriculture, forest and tourism resources.
Many landowners have already successfully combined nature-based adventures with traditional forestry and food production.
The Norwegian state owns large areas of forest and land - about one-fifth of mainland Norway. Half of these lands are so-called state commons, areas open to everyone. State owned forests and rangelands are managed by State Forests ("Statskog"), making this government agency the contry's largest landholder.
Promoting sustainable hunting, fishing and outdoor activities is one of the priority objectives of Statskog.
The management of state forests and rangeland is also an important tool for supporting viable local communities - which hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation contributes to.