Analyzing fuel treatment costs
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): A. Gonzalez-Caban; C. W. McKetta
Publication Year: 1986

Cataloging Information

  • broadcast burning
  • cover type
  • fire hazard reduction
  • fire suppression
  • forest management
  • fuel management
  • fuel models
  • ignition
  • Larix occidentalis
  • Montana
  • mopping up
  • national forests
  • Oregon
  • Pseudotsuga menziesii
  • season of fire
  • site treatments
  • slash
  • species diversity (plants)
  • statistical analysis
  • Tsuga
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 33980
Tall Timbers Record Number: 8169
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Fire File DDW
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Economically sound decisions on fuel treatment require knowledge of treatment costs. Fuel treatment costs derived using an economic cost concept on two National Forests were found to be higher than reported by accounting methods. Costs are sufficiently high and variable to question the economic feasibility of fuel treatments. Regression analysis did not show a strong relationship between fuel treatments costs and the physical characteristics of treatment sites. Management behavior and organization constraints may more successfully explain the magnitude and variability of fuel treatment costs. There are economics of scale in larger fuel treatment projects. Fuels managers emphasized hazard reduction over silvicultural objectives but believe that hazard targets could be achieved with lower fuel treatment levels.

Gonzalez-Caban, A., and C. W. McKetta. 1986. Analyzing fuel treatment costs. Western Journal of Applied Forestry, v. 1, no. 4, p. 116-121.