Valuing fire planning alternatives in forest restoration: using derived demand to integrate economics with ecological restoration
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): D. B. Rideout; P. S. Ziesler; N. J. Kernohan
Publication Year: 2014

Cataloging Information

  • desired condition
  • fire regime condition class
  • fire regimes
  • forest management
  • landscape analysis
  • landscape ecology
  • spatial planning
  • watershed
  • watersheds
  • wildfires
  • wildland fire
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Assessing the value of fire planning alternatives is challenging because fire affects a wide array of ecosystem, market, and social values. Wildland fire management is increasingly used to address forest restoration while pragmatic approaches to assessing the value of fire management have yet to be developed. Earlier approaches to assessing the value of forest management relied on connecting site valuation with management variables. While sound, such analysis is too narrow to account for a broad range of ecosystem services. The metric fire regime condition class (FRCC) was developed from ecosystem management philosophy, but it is entirely biophysical. Its lack of economic information cripples its utility to support decision-making. We present a means of defining and assessing the deviation of a landscape from its desired fire management condition by re-framing the fire management problem as one of derived demand. This valued deviation establishes a performance metric for wildland fire management. Using a case study, we display the deviation across a landscape and sum the deviations to produce a summary metric. This summary metric is used to assess the value of alternative fire management strategies on improving the fire management condition toward its desired state. It enables us to identify which sites are most valuable to restore, even when they are in the same fire regime condition class. The case study site exemplifies how a wide range of disparate values, such as watershed, wildlife, property and timber, can be incorporated into a single landscape assessment. The analysis presented here leverages previous research on environmental capital value and non-market valuation by integrating ecosystem management, restoration, and microeconomics. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Rideout, D. B., P. S. Ziesler, and N. J. Kernohan. 2014. Valuing fire planning alternatives in forest restoration: using derived demand to integrate economics with ecological restoration. Journal of Environmental Management, v. 141, p. 190-200. 10.1016/j.jenvman.2014.03.023.