Habitat and Open Space at Risk of Land-User Conversion: Targeting Strategies for Land Conservation

Posted: 8 May 2006

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David A. Newburn

University of Maryland - Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics

Peter Berck

University of California, Berkeley - Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics

Adina M. Merenlender

University of California, Berkeley - Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

Date Written: 2005-05

Abstract

Funds available to purchase land and easements for conservation purposes are limited. This article provides a targeting strategy for protecting multiple environmental benefits that includes heterogeneity in land costs and probability of land-use conversion, by incorporating spatially explicit land-use change and hedonic price models. This strategy is compared to two alternative strategies that omit either land cost or conversion threat. Based on dynamic programming and Monte Carlo simulations with alternating periods of conservation and development, we demonstrate that the positive correlation between land costs and probability of land-use conversion affects targeting efficiency using parcel data from Sonoma County, California.

Suggested Citation

Newburn, David Allen and Berck, Peter and Merenlender, Adina M., Habitat and Open Space at Risk of Land-User Conversion: Targeting Strategies for Land Conservation (2005-05). American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 88, pp. 28-42, February 2006, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=877075 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8276.2006.00837.x

David Allen Newburn (Contact Author)

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Peter Berck

University of California, Berkeley - Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics ( email )

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Adina M. Merenlender

University of California, Berkeley - Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management ( email )

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