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Intensive recreational activities in suburban forests : a method to quantify the reduction in timber value

Rusterholz, H.-P. and Bilecen, E. and Kleiber, O. and Hegetschweiler, K. T. and Baur, Bruno. (2009) Intensive recreational activities in suburban forests : a method to quantify the reduction in timber value. Urban forestry & urban greening, Vol. 8. pp. 109-116.

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Abstract

Central European forests are generally multifunctional; the same forest areas are used for timber production and recreation. In frequently visited areas damage to trees can be observed. We developed a method to estimate the actual reduction in timber value due to recreation-induced damage. The method was tested in two suburban (oak-hornbeam and beech) forests sustainably maintained by a selective management system and with free access in northwestern Switzerland. Considering the total forest areas, 9.4% of oak trees and 23.0% of beech trees were damaged by recreational activities. The resulting reduction in timber value averaged 19 and 53 (sic) ha(-1) a(-1) in the two forests. The annual reduction in timber value due to recreation-induced damage can account for up to 16% of the total proceeds. The monetary benefits of forest recreation in these areas, however, by far exceed the damage to trees.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Umweltwissenschaften > Integrative Biologie > Naturschutzbiologie (Baur)
UniBasel Contributors:Baur, Bruno and Rusterholz, Hans-Peter
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Urban & Fischer
ISSN:1618-8667
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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