The economic value of four forest ecosystems, fire-damaged forests, cut, blocks, and several park management features was estimated for backcountry recreationists, primarily canoeists, in Nopiming Provincial Park in eastern Manitoba. The analysis was conducted using the travel cost random utility model. It revealed thai the forest ecosystems associated with jack pine (Pinus banksiana Lamb.) and white spruce (Picea glauca (Moench) Voss) were valued by recreationists. On the other hand, the analysis predicted that recreationists would pay to avoid black spruce (Picea mariana (Mill.) BSP) and aspen (Popuus tremuloides Michx.) ecosystems, fire- damaged forests, portages, and cottages. The results provide weak statistical evidence that cut blocks that are not in the line of site of recreationists provide positive benefits. While park management variables play a role in determining recreation values, the ages and types of forests located at recreation sites are more important. These findings support a major role for fire in determining recreation economic benefit flows from forests in the Canadian Shield.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Global and Planetary Change