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An Assessment of the Impacts of Forest Management on Aboriginal Hunters: Evidence from Stated and Revealed Preference Data

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Assessing the impacts of forest harvesting activities on Aboriginal people and incorporating these considerations into forest management plans is one of the challenges facing Canadian forest managers. In this study, we model hunting behavior using stated and revealed preference data on subsistence use of wildlife resources. We use this framework to assess the impacts of forest management changes on Aboriginal people in northwestern Saskatchewan. Innovative approaches to data collection are employed to address challenges in obtaining data in these contexts. The econometric analysis combines the stated and revealed preference information to account for limitations in the revealed preference data. Monetary measures of welfare are examined, but we also assess resource compensation and zoning as mechanisms for addressing the impact of forest harvesting on subsistence wildlife use. The results also demonstrate the use of geographic information system information in linking forest management and Aboriginal resource use. FOR. SCI. 50(2):139–152.

Keywords: Aboriginal forest use; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; nonmarket valuation; resource compensation

Document Type: Regular Article

Affiliations: 1: Professor Department of Rural Economy University of Alberta Edmonton AB Canada T6G 2H1 Phone: (780) 492-4603, Email: 2: Associate Professor Department of Rural Economy University of Alberta Edmonton AB Canada T6G 2H1 Phone: (780) 492-5694, Email: 3: Senior Policy Advisor Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs Government of the Northwest Territories PO Box 1320 Yellowknife NT Canada X1A 2L9 Phone: (867) 873-7391 michel_, Email: 4: Post-Doctoral Fellow Department of Rural Economy University of Alberta Edmonton AB Canada T6G 2H1, Email: 5: Research Associate Department of Human Ecology University of Alberta Edmonton AB Canada T6G 2N1 Phone: (780) 492-3012, Email: 6: Lecturer Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation University of Alberta Edmonton AB Canada T6G 2H9 Phone: (780) 492-5702, Email:

Publication date: April 1, 2004

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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.

    Also published by SAF:
    Journal of Forestry
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