Wildfire Effects on Hiking and Biking in New Mexico: a Travel Cost Study

Short Description

This article examines the impact on hiker and biker visitation based on the travel cost model. Typically, the benefit from mountain bikers is $150 per trip averaging 6.2 trips per year while the benefit from hikers is $130 per trip and an average of 2.8 trips per year. Both user groups showed decline in demand in response to prescribed burning. The results from this study have implications for administering the National Fire Plan efficiently and in a cost-effective manner. For example, fire and recreation managers cannot expect different recreation users, and recreation groups in different regions, to react similarly to each other.

Suggested Citation

Hayley Hesseln, John B. Loomis, Armando González-Cabán, Susan Alexander, Wildfire effects on hiking and biking demand in New Mexico: a travel cost study, Journal of Environmental Management, Volume 69, Issue 4, December 2003, Pages 359-368, ISSN 0301-4797, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2003.09.012.