Canadian Forest Service Publications

An overview and nonmarket valuation of camping in the Foothills Model Forest. 1998. McFarlane, B.L.; Boxall, P.C. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Northern Forestry Centre, Edmonton, Alberta. Information Report NOR-X-358.

Year: 1998

Issued by: Northern Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 11947

Language: English

Series: Information Report (NoFC - Edmonton)

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This study examines campers at provincial recreation areas and William A. Switzer Provincial Park to determine use and user characteristics and estimate the nonmarket economic value of camping. Data were collected from camping permits during the 1995 camping season. A zonal travel cost model employing count data econometrics was used to estimate nonmarket economic values associated with camping. Results showed that over 24 000 people camped in the model forest, and camping parties spent more than 16 000 nights in the model forest. Campgrounds were used primarily by Albertans. Most campers were from outside the model forest area. The campgrounds were used mostly as one-night stops or weekend and long weekend destinations. Differences were observed between campers at the provincial park and at the provincial recreation areas, suggesting the two types of camping opportunities are attracting different types of campers. The travel cost model estimated consumer surplus at about $58 per trip. The estimated benefit flow to Albertans derived from managed campgrounds in the Foothills Model Forest is $436 600 (in 1995 dollars) per annum.