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An Economic Feasibility Analysis for Concessionaire Management of Campgrounds on the Siuslaw National Forest

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The USDA Forest Service has recently begun to encourage concessionaire operation of public campgrounds that it administers. This is a relatively new type of special use permit arrangement for the Forest Service. This paper analyzes 19 fee campgrounds on the Siuslaw National Forest for potential concessionaire operation, Analysis against developed criteria identified only one campground suitable for successful concessionaire operation. The analysis also revealed that if that campground was operated under a special use permit, total dollar returns to the U.S. Treasury would be substantially reduced. However, this loss could be offset by savings in campground operation costs, and developed recreation would benefit if those dollars were reinvested in other programs on the forest. West. J. Appl. For. 2:91-94, July 1987.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Department of Habitational Resources, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie

Publication date: 1987-07-01

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  • Each regional journal of applied forestry focuses on research, practice, and techniques targeted to foresters and allied professionals in specific regions of the United States and Canada. The Western Journal of Applied Forestry covers the western United States, including Alaska, and western Canada; WJAF will also consider manuscripts reporting research in northern Mexico that has potential application in the southwestern United States.
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