Merton T. Richards, Ph.D. - Professor Emeritus
Forest recreation, economics, and policy
Using Computers to Improve the Recreation Opportunity Spectrum
Current research efforts involve the application of computer-based technology to
improve the use of the recreation opportunity spectrum for wildland recreation management.
This research includes the assessment of recreation experiences and benefits using
photographic images of potential crowding and competing recreational uses of various
recreation opportunity settings.
Richards also conducts research to asses economic values of wildland recreation
use, forest scenic beauty, and nonconsumptive use of wildlife. In addition, the
policy implications of recreational demand for forest resources is examined.
B.S., University of Montana, 1971
M.S., University of Arizona, 1974
Ph.D., University of Arizona, 1980
Daniel, T.C., T.C. Brown, D.A. King, M.T. Richards, and W.P. Stewart. 1989. Perceived
scenic beauty and contingent valuation of forest campgrounds. Forest Science. 35(1).
Richards, M.T., D.A. King, T.C. Daniel, and T.C. Brown. 1990. The lack of an expected
relationship between travel cost and contingent value estimates of forest recreation
value. Leisure Sciences 12:303-319.
Brown, T.C., M.T. Richards, T.C. Daniel, and D.A. King. 1990. Scenic beauty and
recreation value: assessing the relationship. pp. 281-299, In: Vining, J. (ed.),
Social Science in Natural Resource Management: A Partnership for the Future.
Westview Press, Boulder, CO.
Richards, M.T. and T.C. Daniel. 1991. Management of recreation and esthetic values
in southwestern ponderosa pine forests. In: Multiresource Management of Southwestern
Ponderosa Pine Forests: The Status of Knowledge. USDA Forest Service, Southwestern
Region Publication. pp. 315-360.
Richards, M.T. and T.C. Brown. 1992. Economic value of campground visits in Arizona.
Research Paper RM-305. USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment
Station, Ft. Collins, CO.