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The New Economics of Outdoor Recreation

Edited by Nick Hanley, W. Douglass Shaw and Robert E. Wright

This innovative book presents a series of up-to-date analyses of the economics of outdoor recreation. The distinguished group of authors covers real-world recreation management issues and applies economic understanding to these problems. An extensive introduction by the editors details the historical background of economists’ interests in this subject, and reveals how economics can provide practical insights into improving how we manage our natural recreation areas.
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Chapter 11: Backcountry Recreationists’ Valuation of Forest and Park Management Features in Wilderness Parks of the Western Canadian Shield

Peter C. Boxall, David O. Watson and Jeffrey Englin


Peter C. Boxall, David O. Watson and Jeffrey Englin 1. INTRODUCTION Few studies of the recreational value of Canadian forest ecosystems have been undertaken. The expansion of the forest industry, agriculture, and urban development is making an understanding of these values more important. As industrial uses of the forest continue, knowledge of the relationship between the market and non-market values of goods and services provided by forests will become more important. Consequently, a major research effort was initiated in 1992 to estimate the non-market values associated with backcountry recreation in a system of five wilderness parks in Manitoba and Ontario (see Watson et al., 1994; Englin et al., 1996; Boxall et al., 1995). This chapter reports on one aspect of this effort – the influence of forest characteristics, levels of development, and recreation management features on recreation site choice and valuation. For this analysis one Manitoba park, Nopiming Provincial Park, was chosen as a case study. This park was selected because its management involved an ongoing registration system for backcountry visitors, it has no entrance fees or access restrictions, and because nearly all visitors drove to the park, making travel cost analyses attractive. The ecosystem types and diversity found in Nopiming are similar to those in the other four parks. These features, along with the fact that many backcountry recreationists visit more than one park in this system (Watson et al. in prep.), make studies of their activities in Nopiming representative of the five parks. The analysis...

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