Preferences for public lands management under competing uses: The case of Yellowstone National Park

Journal Article

We examine snowmobile use conflict in Yellowstone National Park to assess the effect of different winter management policies on heterogeneous visitors' welfare. Using a stated preference choice experiment we quantify welfare changes for snowmobile riders and non-riders under different snowmobile restrictions. A key determinant of welfare change is visitors' willingness to trade-off reduced snowmobile access for improved ambient conditions in the park. Our findings support the notion that welfare losses to snowmobile riders could be offset by welrare gains to non-riders, but net benefits will depend on the number of riders and non-riders and the specifics of the policy. © 2008 by the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Mansfield, C; Phaneuf, DJ; Johnson, FR; Yang, JC; Beach, R

Published Date

  • January 1, 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 84 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 282 - 305

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0023-7639

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3368/le.84.2.282

Citation Source

  • Scopus