Some market and non-market effects of alternative natural resource management strategies : the case of an eastern Oregon deer population Public Deposited

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  • An important segment of outdoor recreational activity in eastern Oregon is based on the harvest of deer. The deer population can be altered in two ways. Rangeland, which provides feed and cover for deer, can be improved through public or private investments or hunting regulations can be changed. This study dealt with the economic impact that changes in deer population through changes in range forage and/or deer hunting regulations might have upon a rural community. A computer simulation model of important components and interactions of the bio-economic system was developed. The biological components consist of a deer population, a cattle population, and a range resource. The economic component consists of economic activities within a rural community. It is based on an input-output model with trading patterns among sectors assumed to remain relatively constant. The model can be characterized as a density dependent system with deer and cattle interrelated through the use of available forage. The model can be used for a comparison of two different sets of natural resource management strategies. A set of natural resource management strategies consists of deer hunting patterns, cattle sales patterns, and expected range forage production. The benefits and/or costs resulting from this comparison are divided into rancher benefits, resident benefits, and hunter benefits. Resident benefits are separated into resident income and local government revenue. Experiments using the model indicated that the amount and distribution of benefits from changes in range forage availability were dependent upon the relative levels of production in each of the range forage categories. Deer hunting regulations also affected the amount and distribution of benefits. For the alternatives considered, hunter benefits were affected most and rancher income was affected least by changes in range forage production. Conclusions from the study indicated that information on forage availability as well as the relationship between the use of a range area by either deer or cattle and forage availability would substantially increase accuracy in measurement of the magnitude and distribution of benefits and costs to a community from changes in natural resource management strategies.
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