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Analyzing Public Inputs to Multiple Objective Decisions on National Forests Using Conjoint Analysis

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Faced with multiple objectives, national forest managers and planners need a means to solicit and analyze public preferences and values. A conjoint ranking survey was designed to solicit public preferences for various levels of timber harvesting, wildlife habitats, hiking trails, snowmobile use, and off-road-vehicle (ORV) access on the Green Mountain National Forest. The survey was completed by 76 respondents during public involvement meetings. An ordered probit model was used to estimate linear and quadratic main effects. Respondents preferred moderate levels of timber harvesting and snowmobile access and lower levels of ORV access. They favored a mixture of mature closed canopy and younger more open forests over either extreme and were somewhat indifferent toward extending the network of hiking trails. For. Sci. 44(3):421-428.

Keywords: Ordered probit; conjoint ranking survey; linear and quadratic main effects; public involvement

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station, P.O. Box 968 Bington, VT 05402. Phone (802) 951-6771, ext. 1060;, Fax: (802) 951-6368

Publication date: August 1, 1998

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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.

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