Preferences for Public Lands Management under Competing Uses: The Case of Yellowstone National Park
F. Reed Johnson,
Jui-Chen Yang and
Robert Beach ()
Land Economics, 2008, vol. 84, issue 2, 282-305
We examine snowmobile use conflict in Yellowstone National Park to assess the effect of different winter management policies on heterogeneous visitors’ welfare. Using a stated preference choice experiment we quantify welfare changes for snowmobile riders and non-riders under different snowmobile restrictions. A key determinant of welfare change is visitors’ willingness to trade-off reduced snowmobile access for improved ambient conditions in the park. Our findings support the notion that welfare losses to snowmobile riders could be offset by welfare gains to non-riders, but net benefits will depend on the number of riders and non-riders and the specifics of the policy.
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