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Type: Conference Paper
Author(s): Stuart R. Chalmers; Bruce R. Hartsough
Publication Date: 2001

The work described in this paper examines the economic costs of thinning and prescribed burning to reduce fuel loading. Thinning costing is based on measurement of productive/scheduled hours, standard machine costing, plus analysis of volumes of timber harvested, extracted, and sold. Thinning costs will be used to evaluate an existing small tree harvesting model (ST Harvest). The authors are researching the treatment cost element of the Fire and Fire Surrogates Study, where three basic objectives have been outlined. (1) Quantify the costs of fire and fire surrogate treatments. (2) Over the life of the study, quantify the economic consequences on utilization of fire and fire treatments. (3) Develop and validate models, and successively refine recommendations for ecosystem management.

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Citation: Chalmers, Stuart R.; Hartsough, Bruce R. 2001. Thinning and prescribed fire as methods to reduce fuel loading - a cost analysis. In: Thinnings, A Valuable Forest Management Tool: an International Conference, Sept 9-14, 2001, Quebec City, QC. Pointe-Claire, QC: Forest Engineering Research Institute of Canada.

Cataloging Information

Economics    Fuels    Models    Prescribed Fire
Alaska    California    Eastern    Great Basin    Hawaii    Northern Rockies    Northwest    Rocky Mountain    Southern    Southwest    National
  • FFS - Fire and Fire Surrogate Study
  • fuel loading
  • prescribed burning costing
  • ST Harvest - small tree harvesting model
  • thinning costing
JFSP Project Number(s):
  • 99-S-01
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