Perceived scenic beauty and contingent valuation of forest campgrounds

T. C. Daniel, T. C. Brown, D. A. King, M. T. Richards, William P Stewart

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Campers' photo-based scenic beauty judgments of 35 forest areas were compared with other campers' photo-based judgments of their willingness to pay to camp at the same areas. A nearly perfect linear relationship was found between the scenic beauty and willingness to pay judgments, indicating that respondents using either response mode were sensitive to the same variations in forest characteristics in providing their judgments. Forest conditions that produced perceptions of greater scenic beauty also increased the value that recreationists verbally assigned to the campground experience. -Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)76-90
Number of pages15
JournalForest Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Forestry
  • Ecology
  • Ecological Modeling


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