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Economics of forest fire management: Spatial accounting of costs and benefitsAuthor(s): José J. Sánchez; Ken Baerenklau; Armando González-Cabán; Kurt Schwabe
Source: In: González-Cabán, Armando, tech. coord. Proceedings of the fourth international symposium on fire economics, planning, and policy: climate change and wildfires. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-245 (English). Albany, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station: 81-97
Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
Station: Pacific Southwest Research Station
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DescriptionTo better evaluate the potential impacts of wildland fire in the San Bernardino National Forest, we developed a geographic information system (GIS) data layer containing nonmarket economic values for the San Jacinto Ranger District. Each pixel in the data layer contains an estimate of the most prominent nonmarket values at that location. This information can be used by forest managers as a decision making aid when deciding how to allocate resources to protect high value areas. To estimate the recreation value component and potential losses due to wildfire, backcountry hikers entering the San Jacinto Wilderness were recruited to complete a web-based survey during the summer of 2012. A travel cost model was used to calculate the associated values. This paper presents preliminary results from the survey and ongoing modeling work.
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CitationSánchez, José J.; Baerenklau, Ken; González-Cabán, Armando; Schwabe, Kurt. 2013. Economics of forest fire management: Spatial accounting of costs and benefits. In: González-Cabán, Armando, tech. coord. Proceedings of the fourth international symposium on fire economics, planning, and policy: climate change and wildfires. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-245 (English). Albany, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station: 81-97.
KeywordsGIS, Nonmarket valuation, recreation value, travel cost method, viewshed analysis
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