Economic evaluation of the recreational use of forests: A case study of the Training Forest Enterprise Masaryk Forest Křtiny

https://doi.org/10.17221/30/2016-JFSCitation:Hlaváčková P., Březina D. (2016): Economic evaluation of the recreational use of forests: A case study of the Training Forest Enterprise Masaryk Forest Křtiny. J. For. Sci., 62: 389-398.
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The objective of the article is to evaluate the results of a questionnaire survey carried out in forest districts of the Training Forest Enterprise Masaryk Forest Křtiny (TFE Křtiny) within research focused on economic evaluation of the recreational potential of the TFE Křtiny. The article is aimed at surveying the willingness of visitors to the area to pay for the use of the recreational function of forests and evaluation of the used method. The evaluated part of the questionnaire survey was based on the contingent valuation method examining the willingness of respondents to pay for recreational function. It was found by the results of the questionnaire survey that visitors are not very willing to pay for recreational function and it is so especially because forests in the area of the TFE Křtiny are perceived as public assets and thus access to them should be free. Furthermore, there were some problems with the method used. Thus it is necessary to find a new way of evaluating the recreational potential of the area.
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