Comparing Estimated Wilderness Costs among National Forests

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Wilderness costs can be extremely variable among national forests. For example, the Willamette (in Oregon) has 471,245 fewer acres suitable for wilderness and a maximum marginal cost per acre of wilderness 820 times greater than on the Beaverhead (in Montana). Marginal cost curves developed from linear programming models can depict relative wilderness costs among forests and thus assist society in comparing economic trade-offs, making wilderness selections cost-effective, and isolating those forests where wilderness decisions have greatest impact.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Professor in the Department of Forestry at Iowa State University, Ames

Publication date: September 1, 1981

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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