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A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Land Diversity at the Mead. Preliminary Research from a Problem-Based Environmental Economics Service Learning Project. Outline. Eco 342: Environmental Economics Service Learning Project (SLP) History of George W. Mead Wildlife Area Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA)

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A cost benefit analysis of land diversity at the mead

A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Land Diversity at the Mead

Preliminary Research from a Problem-Based Environmental Economics Service Learning Project


Outline

Outline

  • Eco 342: Environmental Economics Service Learning Project (SLP)

  • History of George W. Mead Wildlife Area

  • Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA)

    • Problem

    • Costs

    • Survey of Benefits

    • Preliminary Results

Wisconsin Economic Association: December 4, 2010


Slp fall 2009 11 th hour

SLP Fall 2009: 11th Hour

  • Began conversations mid-October

  • Tom Meier (Property Manager) and Pam Resech(Educational Coordinator) at the Mead helped design the service learning project.

    • Provide an economic assessment of land diversity at the Mead

    • Volunteered labor as a class

  • Class voted on project October 28th

Wisconsin Economic Association: December 4, 2010


Slp fall 2009 design

SLP Fall 2009: Design

  • Project Timeline and Deadlines

    • Project Outline (Nov 3rd HW)

      • Define the question and alternative

      • Consider data collection

      • List benefits and Cost considerations

    • Literature review on benefit topic (Nov 17th HW)

    • Cost measure questions (Dec 1st)

    • Survey questionnaire (Dec 7th)

    • Combine Intro and research design (Dec 14th)

Wisconsin Economic Association: December 4, 2010


Slp fall 2009 volunteer

SLP Fall 2009: Volunteer

  • November 6th: Brushed trails and dikes

  • December 4th: Cleared Buckthorn

  • Land diversity relies heavily on labor.

Wisconsin Economic Association: December 4, 2010


History of the mead

History of the Mead

  • 1850s-1910s: Logging “pinery“ and farm dredging

  • 1933: Consolidated Water Power and Paper Company purchase

  • April 10, 1959: Stanton Mead gifts 20,000 acres to the state for use as a wildlife refuge.

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History of the mead1

History of the Mead

Wisconsin Economic Association: December 4, 2010


Wi dnr state managed lands

WI DNR: State Managed Lands

  • Land Types

    • State Parks

    • State Forests

    • State Trails

    • State Natural Areas

    • County Parks and Forests

    • Wildlife Areas

Source http://dnrmaps.wi.gov/DNRManagedLands/

Wisconsin Economic Association: December 4, 2010


Wi dnr wildlife areas

WI DNR: Wildlife Areas

  • Section 23.09 (2) (d) 3., State Stats., provides legislative authority and direction for the acquisition and management of state wildlife areas. The primary purpose of state wildlife areas as stated in this statute is to provide "areas in which any citizen may hunt, trap or fish". Section 23.11 (1), Stats., provides for the general care, protection and supervision of state lands. Section 23.30, Stats., deals with the provisions of the outdoor recreation program.

  • The management and uses of state wildlife areas are further defined in NR 1.51. WI Admin Code. While hunting and trapping are the primary public uses for wildlife areas; other uses, such as walking, nature study, berry picking, and other low-impact recreational activities are also allowed. Other compatible open-space uses may be allowed under the property’s Master Plan when they do not detract from the primary purpose of the property; however, they may be limited in time and location to avoid interference with wildlife production or survival and public hunting and trapping.

Wisconsin Economic Association: December 4, 2010


Cba land diversity overview

CBA:Land Diversity Overview

  • Should Mead land diversity be maintained?

  • Approximately 33,000 Acres

    • 1/3 Forests

    • 1/3 Grasslands/Crops

    • 1/3 Wetlands/Water

  • Sunk Costs of $2 Million to create ponds, dykes, repair natural watershed, trails, and water control systems.

Wisconsin Economic Association: December 4, 2010


Cba costs

CBA: Costs

  • Annual costs to retard tree growth

    • Equipment:$35,000

    • Burning: $3,000

    • Spraying: $20,000

    • Mowing: $1,500

    • Dozing & Mulching: $1,750

    • Hand Brushing: $1,000

  • Annual costs to maintain wetlands

    • Dike and equipment repair $15,000

    • Total$77,250

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    Cba benefits

    CBA: Benefits

    • Benefits of Land Diversity

      Use Values (7 categories)

      • Hunting

      • Birding

      • Wildlife Watching

      • Hiking & Biking

      • Trapping

      • Education Opportunities

        Non-Use Values (2 categories)

      • Future Generations

      • Existence Value

    Wisconsin Economic Association: December 4, 2010


    Cba survey design

    CBA: Survey Design

    Contingent valuation survey questions directed at

    • Donation

      • Toward WA with diverse lands

      • Toward WA entirely forested

    • $5 fee increase

      • To fund diverse lands

    • Binary preference

      • Land diversity or entirely forested

    • Number of visits (30 minutes)

      • To WA with diverse lands

      • To WA entirely forested

    Preliminary results

    • Preliminary results

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    Cba survey results

    CBA: Survey Results

    How much would you donate? (all 9 categories)

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    Cba survey results1

    CBA: Survey Results

    How much would you donate? (7 use categories)

    Wisconsin Economic Association: December 4, 2010


    Cba survey results2

    CBA: Survey Results

    How much would you donate? (2 non-use categories)

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    Cba survey results3

    CBA: Survey Results

    Would you support a temporary $5 fee increase?

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    Cba survey results4

    CBA: Survey Results

    Would you support a temporary $5 fee increase?

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    Cba other costs and benefits

    CBA: Other Costs and Benefits

    • Costs/Benefits Issues not explicitly measured or in survey

      • Timber Rotations

      • Timber & Crop Prices

      • Game Warden Monitoring

      • Maintenance of Invasive Species

      • Grants and Funding Sources

      • State endangered species

      • Share cropping of 500 acres/year

    Wisconsin Economic Association: December 4, 2010


    Cba survey

    CBA: Survey

    • Survey is young

      • Additional respondents next semester

      • Need to reach a larger audience

  • Appropriate population for the question

  • Sensitivity analysis of questionnaire

    • Donation(50%)

    • $5 (0% to 95%)

  • Questions?

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