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    Author(s): Paul M. Jakus; John E. Keith; Lu Liu; Dale Blahna
    Date: 2010
    Source: Agricultural and Resource Economics Review. 39(1): 89-100
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Pacific Northwest Research Station
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    Off-highway vehicle (OHV) use is a rapidly growing outdoor activity that results in a host of environmental and management problems. Federal agencies have been directed to develop travel management plans to improve recreation experiences, reduce social conflicts, and diminish environmental impacts of OHVs. We examine the effect of land access restrictions on the welfare of OHV enthusiasts in Utah using Murdock's unobserved heterogeneity random utility model (Murdock 2006). Our models indicate that changing access to public lands from fully "open" to "limited" results in relatively small welfare losses, but that prohibiting access results in much larger welfare losses.

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    Jakus, Paul M.; Keith, John E.; Liu, Lu; Blahna, Dale. 2010. The welfare effects of restricting off-highway vehicle access to public lands. Agricultural and Resource Economics Review. 39(1): 89-100.


    off-highway vehicles, recreational access, unobserved heterogeneity, random utility model

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