This study presents the results of a survey aimed at forestry officials, foresters and public forest owners carried out in April/May 2005 in Switzerland. The study points out common problems and interests as well as differences in recreation in forests of various regions and shows differences between urban and rural forests. The relevance of recreation is compared to other forest functions. Special attention is given to the activity picnicking and grilling and building fires at non-official picnic sites.

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