Canadian Forest Service Publications

Valuing wilderness recreation: a demand systems approach in the Canadian Shield. 1999. Boxall, P.C.; Englin, J.; Watson, D.O. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Northern Forestry Centre, Edmonton, Alberta. Information Report NOR-X-361.

Year: 1999

Issued by: Northern Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 11619

Language: English

Series: Information Report (NoFC - Edmonton)

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Abstract

Backcountry recreation, largely involving canoeing, in four wilderness parks in central Canada was studied in an effort to examine the demand for wilderness recreation areas. The level of visitation to these parks is described and justification for considering these parks in a demand systems framework is provided. Two issues are addressed in a travel cost model: the rate of visitation between parks; and the relative economic value of recreation in these parks. Results suggest that these parks provide considerable nonmarket economic benefit to visitors; however, analysis pertaining to potentially important destinations in the proposed system were not included. The study shows that modeling of visits to systems of wilderness parks is possible in a trip count framework. Considering these particular wilderness parks as a system could play an important role in future wilderness recreation and public land management in this area of the Canadian Shield.