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A Review of the Forest Service's National Visitor Use Monitoring (NVUM) Program

  • Donald B.K. English, Eric M. White, J.M. Bowker and Susan A. Winter

Abstract

The National Visitor Use Monitoring (NVUM) program data underlies estimates of the volume of recreation use of the National Forest System. The data also enable estimation of both the local economic contributions and nonmarket benefits of that visitation. Applications include evaluating the effects of natural disasters, site characteristics, and climate change, as well as expenditure and benefit transfers. This article describes the history and science background of the NVUM program, outlines the methods used in estimating market and nonmarket economic outcomes, and lists some examples of results found in the literature.

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This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Corresponding author

Correspondence: Donald B.K. English ■ Recreation, Heritage, and Volunteer Resources staffUSDA Forest Service210 14th Street SWWashington DC 20050 ■ Email: don.english@usda.gov

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This article was prepared for the USDA Workshop “Applications and Potential of Ecosystem Services Valuation within USDA – Advancing the Science,” Washington, DC, April 23–24, 2019.

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A Review of the Forest Service's National Visitor Use Monitoring (NVUM) Program

  • Donald B.K. English, Eric M. White, J.M. Bowker and Susan A. Winter

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