Rocky Mountain Research Station Publications

RMRS Online Publication
RMRS-GTR-275WWW: Nonmarket economic values of forest insect pests: An updated literature review


Rosenberger, Randall S.; Bell, Lauren A.; Champ, Patricia A.; Smith, Eric. L. 2012. Nonmarket economic values of forest insect pests: An updated literature review. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-275WWW. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 46 p.

This report updates the literature review and synthesis of economic valuation studies on the impacts of forest insect pests by Rosenberger and Smith (1997). A conceptual framework is presented to establish context for the studies. This report also discusses the concept of ecosystem services; identifies key elements of each study; examines areas of future research; and includes appendices that further explain nonmarket valuation methods, a narrative of each study, and tables that summarize each study. The primary services affected by insects are restricted in the literature to include recreation, aesthetic or scenic beauty of landscapes, and property values. Monetary metrics across studies include willingness to pay estimates per acre, per person or household, per tree, and/or for various levels of damages. While this literature is limited and heterogeneous, individual studies may prove useful in assessing current and future policies associated with forest insect pests in the United States.

Keywords: forest insect pests, nonmarket valuation, economic methods, ecosystem services, climate change


Please note: This publication is only available electronically.

About PDFs: For best results, do not open the PDF in your Web browser. Right-click on the PDF link to download the PDF file directly to your computer. Click here for more PDF help.


Download RMRS-GTR-275WWW
http://www.fs.fed.us/rm/pubs/rmrs_gtr275.pdf

PDF File Size: 1.2 MB


Title: RMRS-GTR-275WWW: Nonmarket economic values of forest insect pests: An updated literature review
Electronic Publish Date: April 12, 2012
Expires: Indefinite
Last Update:
April 12, 2012

RMRS Publications | Order a publication | Contact Us