Assessing the value of forest landscapes: a choice experiment approach

Garrod, G., Ruto, E. and Snowdon, P. (2009) Assessing the value of forest landscapes: a choice experiment approach. Arboricultural Journal, 32 (3). pp. 189-211. ISSN 0307-1375

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Landscape planning and design occupies a major role in forest policy in the UK. Since the 1980s, UK forests have been managed increasingly for multi-purpose objectives, a policy which has been underpinned by international agreements on sustainable forestry. Within this context, there is a need to understand public preferences for forest landscapes in designing policies that meet the needs of multi-purpose forestry. This paper is based on a study to investigate public willingness to pay (WTP) for regular visual and recreational access to a wide variety of generic forest landscapes. A total of thirty-three forest landscapes were investigated, each of which was defined as a combination of the configuration of the planting and the landscape factors. Computergenerated images of each of these landscapes were used to underpin a series of choice experiments conducted as part of a questionnaire survey of over 400 households across Great Britain. The results confirm the importance of landscape in contributing to the social and environmental benefits provided by forests, and suggests that current policies of woodland expansion may generate additional benefits, especially if more woodland is located close to urban populations. The paper concludes by discussing the implications of these results for forest policy across the UK. © AB Academic Publishers 2009.

Additional Information:Published online: 27 Mar 2012
Keywords:experimental study, forest floor, forest management, forestry policy, image, landscape planning, policy development, preference behavior, questionnaire survey, recreational development, sustainable forestry, urban population, willingness to pay, Eurasia, Europe, United Kingdom, Western Europe
Subjects:D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D447 Environmental Conservation
N Business and Administrative studies > N100 Business studies
L Social studies > L100 Economics
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
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