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Type: Journal Article
Author(s): C. Sims
Publication Date: July 2013

Governments provide technical, political, and financial incentives to encourage timber harvesting for the purpose of mitigating natural forest disturbance. To provide guidance concerning these incentives, this paper integrates a natural disturbance regime into a dynamic model of forest management. The model is used to estimate live and salvage timber harvest subsidies needed to incorporate disturbance-mitigating benefits before and after three types of natural disturbance: insect outbreak, storm, and wildfire. While not specific to a particular country or state, results indicate that the degree of forest mortality may be a poor metric for gauging management response due to various degrees of endogeneity across different types of disturbance events. The live timber harvesting subsidy is substantial but quickly declines after a disturbance event. In contrast, salvage subsidies increase following a disturbance event but remain modest. © The Author (2013). Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. All rights reserved.

Citation: Sims, C. 2013. Influencing natural forest cisturbance through timber harvesting: tradeoffs among disturbance processes, forest values, and timber condition. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, v. 95, no. 4, p. 992-1008. 10.1093/ajae/aat008.

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  • disturbance
  • fire management
  • forest disturbance
  • forest management
  • forest management
  • harvest subsidies
  • insect outbreak
  • insects
  • JEL codes: D62
  • logging
  • Q23
  • Q54
  • Q57
  • salvage
  • salvage harvesting
  • storm event
  • storms
  • wildfire
  • wildfires
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