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Production and Cost of Scenic Beauty: Examples for a Ponderosa Pine Forest

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Psychophysical models of scenic beauty for an all-aged ponderosa pine area were combined with estimates of management costs and physical output values to indicate more efficient input combinations for production of scenic beauty. Also, in combination with biophysical models, the scenic beauty models were used to examine tradeoffs between scenic beauty and net present worth from timber, forage, and water yields. These examples demonstrate the use, as well as important limitations, of scenic beauty models in a multiple use context. For. Sci. 33(2):394-410.

Keywords: Pinus ponderosa; forest esthetics; landscape assessment; multiple use; tradeoffs

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Economist, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station, USDA Forest Service, Fort Collins, Colorado 80526

Publication date: June 1, 1987

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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.
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