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Perceived Scenic Beauty and Contingent Valuation of Forest Campgrounds

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Campers' photo-based scenic beauty judgments of 35 forest areas were compared with other campers' photo-based judgments of their willingness to pay to camp at the same areas. A nearly perfect linear relationship was found between the scenic beauty and willingness to pay judgments, indicating that respondents using either response mode were sensitive to the same variations in forest characteristics in providing their judgments. Forest conditions that produced perceptions of greater scenic beauty also increased the value that recreationists verbally assigned to their campground experience. For. Sci. 35(1):76-90.

Keywords: Forest scenic beauty; contingent valuation; forest campgrounds; forest recreation; ponderosa pine; recreation value

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Assistant Professor, Parks and Recreation, Texas A&M University

Publication date: 1989-03-01

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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.

    2015 Impact Factor: 1.702
    Ranking: 16 of 66 in forestry

    Average time from submission to first decision: 62.5 days*
    June 1, 2016 to Feb. 28, 2017

    Also published by SAF:
    Journal of Forestry
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