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Type: Report
Author(s): Roger D. Fight; Bruce R. Hartsough; Peter Noordijk
Publication Date: 2006

ANNOTATION: FRCS is a spreadsheet application useful for estimating the cost of forest operations undertaken to reduce forest fuel loads by cutting and removing trees for solid wood products or chips. It can also be used to estimate the cost of collecting and chipping forest residues. Cost assumptions can be modified by the user. There are four ground-based systems, four cable systems, and two helicopter systems. Cost estimates are in U.S. dollars per 100 cubic feet, per green ton, and per acre. ABSTRACT: The Fuel Reduction Cost Simulator (FRCS) spreadsheet application is public domain software used to estimate costs for fuel reduction treatments involving removal of trees of mixed sizes in the form of whole trees, logs, or chips from a forest. Equipment production rates were developed from existing studies. Equipment operating cost rates are from December 2002 prices for new equipment and wage rates for the Pacific Northwest. These cost assumptions can be modified by the user. There are four ground based systems, four cable systems, and two helicopter systems. Cost estimates are in U.S. dollars per 100 cubic feet, per green ton, and per acre.

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Citation: Fight, Roger D.; Hartsough, Bruce R.; Noordijk, Peter. 2006. Users guide for FRCS: fuel reduction cost simulator software. General Technical Report. PNW-GTR-668. Portland, OR: USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 23 p.

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Economics    Fire Prevention    Fuels    Models    Planning
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Keywords:
  • FRCS - Fuel Reduction Cost Simulator
  • fuel treatment cost
  • fuel treatment planning
  • harvesting economics
  • simulation
  • software
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FRAMES Record Number: 5718