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Title: Benefit-cost analysis of Santa Monica's municipal forest

Authors: McPherson, E.G.; Simpson, J.R.; Peper, P.J.; Xiao, Q.

Date: 2001

Publication Davis, CA: Center for Urban Forest Research, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station. 44 p

Abstract: The primary purpose of this report is to answer the question: Do the accrued benefits from Santa Monica's urban forest justify an annual municipal budget that exceeds $1.5 million? Our results indicate that the benefits residents obtain from Santa Monica’s urban forest do exceed management costs by over 50%. Over the years Santa Monica has invested millions in its municipal forest. Citizens are now receiving a relatively large return on that investment. Continued investment in management is critical to insuring that residents continue to receive a healthy return on investment.

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    McPherson, E.G.; Simpson, J.R.; Peper, P.J.; Xiao, Q. 2001. Benefit-cost analysis of Santa Monica's municipal forest. Davis, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station. 44 p.
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