Costs for reducing fuels in Colorado forest restoration projects
Document Type: Conference Proceedings
Author(s): Dennis L. Lynch; Kurt Mackes
Editor(s): Philip N. Omi; Linda A. Joyce
Publication Year: 2003

Cataloging Information

Abies concolor; Colorado; coniferous forests; diameter classes; fire hazard reduction; forest management; fuel loading; fuel management; fuel reduction projects; fuels reduction; insects; logging; mechanical fuel reduction; military lands; openings; pine forests; Pinus ponderosa; plant diseases; ponderosa pine; Populus; Pseudotsuga menziesii; thinning
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TTRS Staff;
Record Last Modified: December 19, 2016
FRAMES Record Number: 13196


The costs to either mechanically remove or mechanically treat forest fuels are examined for various Colorado sites. In the ponderosa pine and mixed conifer zones, no ideal treatment system exists yet for forest restoration through fuel reduction. Each site requires its own ecological analysis. Costs for forest restoration varies by ecological prescription, forest and terrain conditions, and market availability for potential products. In most cases, it may cost too much to remove material or treat areas. Logging may be the most economical method if markets for products exist and processing facilities are nearby.

Online Link(s):
Lynch, Dennis L.; Mackes, Kurt. 2003. Costs for reducing fuels in Colorado forest restoration projects. Pages 167-175. 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.