Social sciences and the economics of moderation in fuels treatment
Document Type: Report
Author(s): Douglas B. Rideout
Editor(s): Philip N. Omi; Linda A. Joyce
Publication Year: 2003

Cataloging Information

  • C+NVC
  • cost plus net value change
  • fuels treatment
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Record Last Modified: April 10, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 13195


Fuels management is conducted in the context of the social sciences, which bring the science of the human element into the analysis. Of the social sciences, economics addresses the enhancement or improvement in the human condition by improving our ability to allocate scarce resources. The current fuels treatment situation suggests very ambitious ends in the context of limited means. Scarce resources mean that we will not have all of the fuels treatments that we would like. Therefore we will have to choose wisely among alternative treatment options. Socially desirable treatment programs will recognize both the costs and benefits of treatments to seek desired treatment levels. Further, social science investigations will reveal unintended side effects of fuels treatment policies. The challenge upon us is to combine the information on treatment standards, ecology, and technology into line with the social sciences to attain socially desirable treatment systems.

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Rideout, Douglas B. 2003. Social sciences and the economics of moderation in fuels treatment. Pages 163-166. In: Omi, Philip N.; Joyce, Linda A. (technical editors). Fire, Fuel Treatments, and Ecological Restoration: Conference Proceedings: 16-18 April 2002: Fort Collins, Colorado. Proceedings RMRS-P-29. Fort Collins, CO: USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station.