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Changes in recreation values after fire in the northern Rocky MountainsAuthor(s): Flowers. Patrick J.; Henry J. Vaux; Philip D. Gardner; Thomas J. Mills
Source: Res. Note PSW-RN-373. Berkeley, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station. 6 p
Publication Series: Research Note (RN)
Station: Pacific Southwest Research Station
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DescriptionChanges in recreation values after wildfire in the northern Rocky Mountains were determined by estimating the difference in the present net value of recreation activity with and without fire. To estimate the value of recreation activity at burned and unburned sites, a contingent market valuation approach was used. Hypothetical market transactions were created by soliciting bids from recreationists, which they based on photographs of recreation sites depicting scenes before and after two kinds of fire--one of low intensity and the other of high intensity. They were asked what they would pay for the situation they most preferred. The results suggest that net value changes in recreation resources are generally low, and possibly insignificant in economic efficiency analyses of fire management programs.
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CitationFlowers. Patrick J.; Vaux, Henry J., Jr.; Gardner, Philip D.; Mills, Thomas J. 1985. Changes in recreation values after fire in the northern Rocky Mountains. Res. Note PSW-RN-373. Berkeley, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station. 6 p.
Keywordsfire effects, net value change, contingent valuation method, unit-dayvalue, willingness-to-pay
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