Cindy S. Swanson
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The Economic Value of Aspen: Beyond Board Feet
Cindy S. Swanson, USDA Forest Service, Missoula, MT
Few can forget the wonder of listening to the wind rush through golden aspen forests in the fall. It is a sound that brings peace, lower blood pressure, and memories to those who stop and listen. This paper will explore the social and economic values of aspen, including timber production values, wildlife habitat and diversity, recreation experiences, and tourism revenue from viewing fall colors.