Economic evaluation of natural forest park using the travel cost method (case study; Masouleh forest park, north of Iran)
S. Mohammadi Limaei, H. Ghesmati, R. Rashidi, N. Yaminihttps://doi.org/10.17221/84/2013-JFSCitation:Mohammadi Limaei S., Ghesmati H., Rashidi R., Yamini N. (2014): Economic evaluation of natural forest park using the travel cost method (case study; Masouleh forest park, north of Iran). J. For. Sci., 60: 254-261.
We evaluated recreational and socioeconomic values of Masouleh forest park, north of Iran. Travel Cost Method (TCM) or Clawson method was used for evaluation. Therefore, 96 questionnaires were distributed among the visitors. The results indicated that the variables such as travel time to the park, travel costs, age and education were effective variables in using the park. The results show that there is a significant relation between travel time and the number of visitors whereas by increasing travel time the number of visitors decreased. Furthermore, there is a significant relation between the number of visitors as a dependent variable and travel costs whereas when the travel cost increases, the number of visitors decreases. Results indicated that the willingness to pay decreased by increasing the entrance fee. The models estimated an average willingness to pay 12,500 Iranian Rials per visit. The results also indicated that the average round trip travel cost was 85.5 (10,000 Iranian Rials).Keywords:
willingness to pay; recreational value