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Estimating and Comparing Demand Functions forf Personal Use Christmas Tree Cutting at Seven Utah Sites
Western Journal of Applied Forestry
  • Steven E. Daniels, Utah State University
  • Rebecca Johnson, USDA Forest Service
  • Donald C. Markstrom, USDA Forest Service
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Society of American Foresters

The travel cost model of recreation demand analysis was applied to seven USDA Forest Service Ranger Districts in Utah. The objectives were to (1) estimate consumers' surplus and total willingness to pay values for the recreational component of personal use Christmas tree gathering, and (2) compare these Utah results with each other and with the Markstrom and Donnelly (1988) results from Colorado, the only other travel cost analysis of Christmas tree gathering from public lands. The results were that per-trip consumer' s surplus estimates ranged from $6.71 to $31.17, compared to Markstrom and Donnelly's (1988) estimate of $10.05. There is sufficient intersite variation that the demand functions from any site cannot be readily applied to any other.

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Daniels, S.E, R. Johnson and D. C. Markstrom. 1991. Estimating and comparing demand functions for personal use Christmas tree cutting at seven Utah sites, Western J. of Applied Forestry 6(2):42-46.