Skip to main content


eCommons@Cornell >
Cornell University Graduate School >
Cornell Theses and Dissertations >

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Title: Understanding Private Forest Owner Participation In Future Carbon Offset Programs In The Catskills Region: A Contingent Valuation Approach
Authors: Stenclik, Derek
Keywords: Nonindustrial Private Forest Landowner
Contingent Valuation Survey New York
Carbon Sequestration Climate Change
Issue Date: 31-Aug-2011
Abstract: Forest carbon sequestration and storage is increasingly being considered as an attractive climate change mitigation strategy across the Northeast, the United States and the world. Recent research indicates that a significant percentage of U.S. reductions in carbon emissions could be achieved through improved forest management at costs competitive to other mitigation strategies and technologies. Given that the majority of forestland throughout the country is owned by many diverse private forest landowners, the success or failure of forest carbon management programs may depend on the willingness of these landowners to participate in voluntary carbon offset programs. The goal of this thesis is to provide a better understanding of future landowner participation in forest management programs specifically targeting carbon benefits. Using a mail survey of 1,200 landowners in the Catskills region of New York State, a landowner's willingness to accept incentive payments in return for improved forest management is determined using a contingent valuation approach. The landowner's utility-maximizing participation decision is estimated using a logit econometric model. Results of this study indicate that there is a strong interest among a broad spectrum of landowners for forest management, especially among those concerned with climate change issues. Participation rates ranged from 30 percent at relatively low incentive payment offers to 85 percent at high incentive payment offers. The median incentive payment necessary to induce participation is between $14 and $19 per acre, per year. The participation decision is influenced by the amount of incentive payment offered, property size, different ownership objectives, attitudes towards climate change issues and political orientation. These results indicate that forest management could be an efficient and effective climate change mitigation policy in the Catskills region of New York State, and possibly beyond.
Committee Chair: Lee, David R
Committee Member: Poe, Gregory Lee
Stedman, Richard Clark
Discipline: Agricultural Economics
Degree Name: M.S. of Agricultural Economics
Degree Level: Master of Science
Degree Grantor: Cornell University
No Access Until: 2016-12-30
Appears in Collections:Cornell Theses and Dissertations

Files in This Item:

File Description SizeFormat
dps236thesisPDF.pdf6.01 MBAdobe PDFView/Open

Refworks Export

Items in eCommons are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.


© 2014 Cornell University Library Contact Us