On the economics of timber damage appraisal for public forests
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): T. C. Brown; R. S. Boster
Publication Year: 1978

Cataloging Information

  • age classes
  • biomass
  • fire injuries (plants)
  • fire suppression
  • forest management
  • forest products
  • logging
  • multiple resource management
  • national forests
  • plant growth
  • recreation
  • state forests
  • wildlife habitat management
  • wood
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 32976
Tall Timbers Record Number: 7091
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Journals-J
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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Damage appraisal is the basis for fire-suppression decisions. Where timber is managed for production of maximum site rent, appraisal is a rather straightforward matter of applying standard financial criteria in a 'with and without' procedure. Where the aim is maximum mean annual increment, as it often is on public forests, this procedure may yield seemingly incongruous results: if the goals and constraints guiding management allow prorating a loss by substituting one part of the inventory for another, the value of the damage may be less than the value of the specific resource in the absence of any damage. This is a consequence of maximizing wood rather than value. Ignoring 'with and without' in public decisionmaking may result in overexpenditure for fire suppression.© Society of American Foresters, Bethesda, MD. Abstract reproduced by permission.

Online Link(s):
Brown, T. C., and R. S. Boster. 1978. On the economics of timber damage appraisal for public forests. Journal of Forestry, v. 76, no. 12, p. 777-780.