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Forest Pest Management Economics--Application to the Gypsy Moth

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The use of resources is needed to reduce the level of undesirable impacts caused by forest pest infestation. Pest management systems give results that are in the form of a reduction of impact rather than a physical product. Thus, management costs should be balanced against the reduction of impact. An adaptation of least-cost-plus-loss economic theory, using gypsy moth control, illustrates incremental analysis of impacts and costs as one way to pursue maximum effectiveness vis-à-vis investment in forest pest management. Forest Sci. 27:128-138.
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Keywords: Lymantria dispar; least-cost analysis; program allocation model

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Research Forester, Regional Forest Resource Economics Research, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station, USDA Forest Service, Broomall PA 19008

Publication date: 1981-03-01

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  • Forest Science is a peer-reviewed journal publishing fundamental and applied research that explores all aspects of natural and social sciences as they apply to the function and management of the forested ecosystems of the world. Topics include silviculture, forest management, biometrics, economics, entomology & pathology, fire & fuels management, forest ecology, genetics & tree improvement, geospatial technologies, harvesting & utilization, landscape ecology, operations research, forest policy, physiology, recreation, social sciences, soils & hydrology, and wildlife management.
    Forest Science is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December.

    2016 Impact Factor: 1.782 (Rank 17/64 in forestry)

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    June 1, 2016 to Feb. 28, 2017

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