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The Bob Marshall Wilderness Area of Montana--Some Socio-Economic Considerations

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The Bob Marshall Wilderness Area in the Flathead and Lewis and Clark National Forests, Montana, has been the subject of a three-year land use study to determine the best socio-economic use for the year 1960. Continued public ownership of the land and the perpetuation of wilderness reservation are assumed. The area, its history, and evolution are described, as well as some user characteristics. For this economic analysis of resource uses, isolation recreation under wilderness reservation was compared with developed recreation and hypothetical timber production under full-development multiple use. Other national forest uses, including water, wildlife, and range were assumed to be neutral. Two conjectural timber sales, evolved by using Forest Service appraisal methods, proved uneconomic. In terms of least public cost, it was shown that the public interest was best served, in 1960, by reserving the Bob Marshall Area as wilderness.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Associate Professor of Forestry, Montana State University, Missoula

Publication date: 1964-11-01

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