Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2013

Publication Title

Journal of Forest Economics

ISSN

1104-6899

Volume

19

Issue

1

First Page

61

Last Page

77

DOI

10.1016/j.jfe.2012.10.001

Abstract

This article describes a nonmarket valuation study about benefits of managing the invasive disease white pine blister rust in high-elevation forests in the Western United States. Results demonstrate that, on average, households in the Western United States are willing to pay $154 to improve the resiliency of these forests. Factor analysis shows that long-run protection of the forests dominates recreation in motivating support. Cluster analysis suggests three groups of survey respondents: those indifferent to the program and not willing to pay, those wanting to protect the future of the high-elevation forests, and those wanting to protect both the forests and related recreational opportunities.

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