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Valuing the Impacts of Forest Fires on Backcountry Forest Recreation

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A discrete choice travel cost model was developed for backcountry forest recreation using 2 yr of backcountry canoe registrations from Nopiming Park, Manitoba. A statistically significant variable explaining choice of route was the amount of forest along the route that was burned in the last 10 yr; virtually all of which occurred in two particularly severe fires during 1983. The current economic welfare loss from these fires was estimated using a discrete choice travel cost model combined with a count model of trip demand. Since the forest grows back following fire, these losses will eventually decrease to zero. A linear intertemporal damage function for one of the fires is estimated, and the present value of damages under alternative discount rate assumptions is presented. For. Sci. 42(4):450-455.

Keywords: Random utility; canoeing; count models

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Field Economist with the Canadian Forest Service, Edmonton, Alberta

Publication date: 1996-11-01

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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

    Also published by SAF:
    Journal of Forestry
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