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Heterogeneous nonmarket benefits of managing white pine bluster rust in high-elevation pine forests

James R. Meldrum, , james.meldrum@colorado.edu Patricia A. Champ, , Craig A. Bond, ,
 
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James R. Meldrum, Patricia A. Champ and Craig A. Bond (2013), "Heterogeneous nonmarket benefits of managing white pine bluster rust in high-elevation pine forests", Journal of Forest Economics: Vol. 19: No. 1, pp 61-77. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jfe.2012.10.001

Published: 0/1/2013
© 0 2013 James R. Meldrum, Patricia A. Champ, Craig A. Bond
 
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JEL Codes:H40Q23Q51
Invasive species managementAttitudesNonmarket valuationContingent valuationCluster analysisFactor analysis
 

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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.

DOI:10.1016/j.jfe.2012.10.001