Journal of Forest Economics
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.
Meldrum, James R.; Champ, Patricia A.; and Bond, Craig A., "Heterogeneous Nonmarket Benefits of Managing White Pine Blister Rust in High-Elevation Pine Forests" (2013). Institute of Behavioral Science Faculty Contributions. 2.