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.

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: March 1, 1981

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