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Harvesting crops between the trees : a study of recreation valuation Murray, Edward Thomas


A non-market valuation of recreation activities on private forest land is undertaken to provide information for integrated forest management decision making. The Contingent Valuation Method is applied, through the use of a mailed questionnaire to a random sample of the households within the Capital Regional District on Vancouver Island, to estimate willingness-to-pay values and derive potential gross benefits for hunting, fishing and camping on the study area. Recreation activity participation levels and socio-economic characteristics of participants are discussed for each activity on the landbase. Recreation activities, in particular fishing, have a good potential for producing substantial benefits on the study area.

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