Long-term Trends in the Use and Value of Wilderness

Project: Research project

Description

The USDA Forest Service (USFS) manages 193 million acres of the Nations forests and grasslands with 36.5 million acres of which is congressionally mandated Wilderness. While the USDA Forest Service is mandated to to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the Nations forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations there are few datasets that span enough time to support the intertemporal implications of that mandate. In two previous Cooperative Agreements the PI and the Station Representative developed a set of procedures and approaches to explore how different forest ecosystems have affected the evolution of values. It has become clear that a similar approach can also incorporate demographic changes into the modeling approaches. The analysis will be based on nearly 1,000,000 wilderness use permits already collected. These permits are especially interesting because they span US Fish and Wildlife, US Forest Service, US Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management. As a result they cover a broad range of ecosystems and management regimes. This project will create a national forward looking database that can revolutionize the analyses used to assess a wide range of policy options. In particular since it is nationwide it will be possible to analyze sweeping changes in national policy and be used by a broad range of researchers.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date8/4/176/1/19

Funding

  • USDA: Forest Service (FS): $44,936.00

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