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This page provides access to various tools designed and written by faculty, staff, and students of the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. Please contact the tools’ author(s) for more information.

Authors: John Loomis, Timm Kroeger, Leslie Richardson, and Frank Casey.

The Benefit Transfer and Use Estimating Model Toolkit, by Dr. John Loomis, can help analysts quantify annual economic benefits using primarily secondary data.

The Fish and Wildlife Benefit Transfer toolkit provides:

  • Use values per day of hunting, fishing, and viewing;
  • Use and passive use values per acres of habitat;
  • Use and passive use values per household of threatened and endangered species.

These values are provided in:

  • Spreadsheet tables that include average values;
  • Spreadsheet databases of the individual studies;
  • Meta analysis equations that allow the analyst to tailor the benefit transfer to their study sites

There is also a set of visitor use estimating models for:

  • Hunting, fishing, and viewing.

Two use estimating models for each activity are available for:

  • National Wildlife Refuges and Wildlife Management Areas;
  • State level for private, state, and federal lands in 48 states.

By combining the visitor use estimates with the values per visitor day, an analyst can calculate annual hunting, fishing and viewing benefits. By combining the number of acres of wildlife habitat and the values per acre the analyst can calculate annual benefits of gains or losses in wildlife habitat. As user manual and technical documentation is provided.

Detailed instructions for using the toolkit itself are provided in the documentation files.

Documentation – 4.586 MB – Compressed File

Toolkit Presentations – 3.498 MB

Tables and Models – 0.915 MB

Meta Functions:

Value Tables:

Visitor Use Estimating Models:

Contact: Dana Hoag

RightRisk develops risk management education products developed by the RightRisk Education Team Jay Parsons, coordinator. RightRisk is an innovative risk research and education effort to help you the farmer or rancher understand and explore risk management decisions and evaluate the effects of those decisions.

Contacts: Dawn Thilmany McFadden and Martha Sullins

The presentations listed below, all in pdf format, were used during workshops in Colorado designed to provide instruction and information on developing and operating a branded beef operation. These workshops were developed by Colorado State University, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Department of Animal Sciences, CSU-Extension, and American Farmland Trust.

In addition, there are video and DVD sets of these presentations available for use. For additional information, please use the links in the contacts box.

Contact:  Chris Goemans

Author: Cathy Thomas – Co-Advisors: Chris Goemans and Craig Bond

This model by Cathy Thomas was developed for her thesis, and can be used to simulate mussel spread and benefits and costs of a boat inspection regime in the Colorado Big Thompson and similar water systems. Users can download the model and change parameter values to explore alternative scenarios.

To use the model, download and extract the model .zip file, which contains an Excel .xlsm file, and run it on your local machine. Depending on the security settings of your computer, you may have to enable macros in order for the model to run. There may be problems running an .xlsm model in versions of EXCEL other than 2007.

The second bulleted link provides a copy of Cathy Thomas’ Masters thesis, which presents some results from this model.

Documentation is provided on a worksheet within the model itself.

  • Colorado Big Thompson Mussel Spread Model
  • A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Preventative Management for Zebra and Quagga Mussels in the Colorado-Big Thompson System – pdf
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