Maximizing conservation and in-kind cost share: Applying Goal Programming to forest protection
Jacob R. Fooks, , email@example.com
Kent D. Messer, ,
Jacob R. Fooks and Kent D. Messer (2012), "Maximizing conservation and in-kind cost share: Applying Goal Programming to forest protection", Journal of Forest Economics: Vol. 18: No. 3, pp 207-217. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jfe.2012.04.001
This research evaluates the potential gains in benefits from using Goal Programming to preserve forestland. Two- and three-dimensional Goal Programming models are developed and applied to data from applicants to the U.S. Forest Service's Forest Legacy Program, the largest forest protection program in the United States. Results suggest that not only do these model yield substantial increases in benefits, but by being able to account for both environmental benefits and in-kind partner cost share, Goal Programming may be flexible enough to facilitate adoption by program managers needing to account for both ecological and political factors.