Economics of Dutch Elm Disease Control: A Model and Case Study

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A discounted cash-flow model is used to compare the economic efficiency of sanitation controls for Dutch elm disease. A case study in Minneapolis, Minnesota, considers intensive sanitation, winter sanitation, and minimum control. Costs and benefits are projected for each alternative over a period of ten years. Benefits are defined as savings from either intensive or winter sanitation over minimum control costs. Intensive sanitation produces the highest net present worth and saves the most trees at the lowest cost ($31.19 less per-tree saved than winter sanitation). Sensitivity analysis shows that reasonable changes in tree-loss rates, tree-removal costs, or the discount rate do not change the economic preference for intensive sanitation.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Forest Resources Extension Specialist, Department of Forest Resources, University of Minnesota, St. Paul

Publication date: September 1, 1985

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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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