Economics Research Institute Study Paper
Utah State University Department of Economics
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Recreational use data for lands administered by the Forest Service indicate that use rates per acre declined during the decade of the 1980s from the relatively high rates of use that occurred in the 1970s. Use data for Utah are used to suggest which wilderness areas are likely to have relatively high (low) recreational use and preservation values. Economic evaluations that are based on average rather than marginal use rates and values are likely to be unduly optimistic.
Godfrey, E. Bruce and Christy, Kim S., "The Value and Use of Wilderness Lands: Are They Small or Large at the Margin?" (1991). Economic Research Institute Study Papers. Paper 10.