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Amenity values of spatial configurations of forest landscapes over space and time in the Southern Appalachian Highlands

  • Cho, Seong-Hoon
  • Kim, Seung Gyu
  • Roberts, Roland K.
  • Jung, Suhyun

This research analyzes amenity values of spatial configurations of forest landscapes over space and time in the Southern Appalachian Highlands using geographically weighted regression (GWR) in a hedonic housing-price framework with a census-block group (CBG) dataset. Results show that housing-price response to mean forest-patch size and forest-patch density increased substantially between 1990 and 2000 in a few specific areas with economically significant amenity values. The spatial and temporal dynamics of the resulting amenity-value estimates are evaluated for potential use as site-selection indicators for implementation of forest conservation programs.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Ecological Economics.

Volume (Year): 68 (2009)
Issue (Month): 10 (August)
Pages: 2646-2657

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolec:v:68:y:2009:i:10:p:2646-2657
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