The Economic Value of a Forested Catchment with Timber, Water and Carbon Sequestration Benefits
AbstractThis paper examines the optimal management strategy for a forested catchment that yields timber, water and carbon sequestration benefits. The Faustmann multiple rotation model is extended to allow for the maximisation of the net present value of these timber and non-timber benefits. The model is applied to the Thomson Catchment in Central Gippsland, Victoria. Carbon sequestration benefits are modelled via total stand biomass accumulation. The cost of carbon release back into the atmosphere upon logging is estimated as a function of rotation age using an adjusted pulpwood/sawlog ratio. The allowance for both non-timber benefits is found to lengthen the optimal rotation, in a large range of cases to infinity.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by The University of Melbourne in its series Department of Economics - Working Papers Series with number 753.
Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: 2000
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Note: This paper has now been published in: Creedy, J. and Wurzbacher, A.D. (2001), The Economic Value of a Forested Catchment with Timber, Water and Carbon Sequestration Benefits, Ecological Economics, 38, pp. 71-83.
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- Creedy, John & Wurzbacher, Anke D., 2001. "The economic value of a forested catchment with timber, water and carbon sequestration benefits," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 38(1), pages 71-83, July.
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