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Effects of wildfire on the value of recreation in western North America

Author(s): Ranjit S. Bawa
Year Published: 2017

Wildfires play an integral role in forest ecosystems of western North America. In an attempt to measure the level and value of ecosystem damage caused by wildfires, papers employing nonmarket valuation techniques-stated preference, revealed preference, and combined methods-are reviewed. A systematic review of results shows a portion of visitors finding conditions desirable in the initial years following moderate burn. Common individual traits and other site characteristics are also found to have significant effect on recreational trip demand. The conclusions reached in this study may assist in providing future guidance to forest and natural resource management programs on the role of fire in influencing value for recreational services derived from national forestlands.

Citation: Bawa, Ranjit S. 2017. Effects of wildfire on the value of recreation in western North America. Journal of Sustainable Forestry. 36(1): 1-17.
Topic(s): Fire Communication & Education, Fire & Economics, Fire & Recreation
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Book or Chapter or Journal Article
NRFSN number: 15023
FRAMES RCS number: 23061
Record updated: Dec 22, 2017