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Project ID: 01-1-2-09

Year: 2002

Date Started: 05/30/2002

Date Completed: 05/31/2006

Title: A National Study of the Economic Impacts of Biomass Removals to Mitigate Wildfire Damages on Federal, State, and Private Lands

Project Proposal Abstract: Decades of fire suppression in fire-prone forested regions of the western and southern United States has created conditions favorable for catastrophic wildfires. Systematic stand density reduction through mechanical methods or a combination of mechanical methods and prescribed burning may address the fuel buildup, but the economic consequences of the biomass reductions from sueh a program are unclear. Task 2 of RFP 2001-I calls for research that would evaluate feasibility of conducting such stand density reduction measures, and Task 7 calls for research products that would support decision making by land managers undertaking programs of wildfire risk reduction. We propose to evaluate the economic consequences of introducing biomass removals into wood products markets. In particular, we will calculate the economic consequences of fire-related biomass removals from public lands on public and private timber producers and timber demanding firms within and outside of areas of biomass treatment zones. To do this, we will assemble information on (a) biomass removals cost and wood outputs, provided by the Fire and Fire Surrogates national study; (b) forest inventory, timber product output, and timber demand sector, provided by the Forest Products Laboratory and Forest Inventory and Analysis programs in fire-prone regions; (c) wood product prices nationwide; and (d) estimated timber demand and supply historical price and quantity relationships within and among regions. The information will be used to project the effects of various scales of biomass removals programs on prices and economic surplus of private and public producers and the timber demand sector. Results of the analyses will be assembled and prepared in a format that could be used by federal land managers who are considering embarking on a biomass removals programs and need to understand the economic consequences of such a program on National Forest receipts and the broader local community.

Principal Investigator: Jeffrey P. Prestemon

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

Branch or Dept: SRS-Forestry Sciences Lab-Research Triangle Park


Other Project Collaborators

Type

Name

Agency/Organization

Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

Karen L. Abt

Forest Service

SRS-Forestry Sciences Lab-Research Triangle Park

Collaborator/Contributor

Jamie Barbour

Forest Service

PNW-Forestry Sciences Lab-Portland

Collaborator/Contributor

David T. Butry

NIST-National Institute of Standards & Technology

Engineering Laboratory

Collaborator/Contributor

Frederick Cubbage

North Carolina State University-Raleigh

Department of Forestry & Environmental Resources

Collaborator/Contributor

Roger Fight

Forest Service

PNW-Forestry Sciences Lab-Portland

Collaborator/Contributor

Thomas P. Holmes

Forest Service

SRS-Forestry Sciences Lab-Research Triangle Park

Collaborator/Contributor

Peter J. Ince

Forest Service

Forest Products Laboratory

Collaborator/Contributor

Evan D. Mercer

Forest Service

SRS-Forestry Sciences Lab-Research Triangle Park

Collaborator/Contributor

John M. Pye

Forest Service

SRS-Forestry Sciences Lab-Research Triangle Park

Collaborator/Contributor

Robert B. Rummer

Forest Service

SRS-GW Andrew Forestry Sciences Lab

Collaborator/Contributor

David N. Wear

Forest Service

SRS-Forestry Sciences Lab-Research Triangle Park

Federal Cooperator

Jeffrey P. Prestemon

Forest Service

SRS-Forestry Sciences Lab-Research Triangle Park


Project Locations

Consortium

Alaska

Appalachian

California

Great Basin

Great Plains

Lake States

Oak Woodlands

Northern Rockies

Northwest

Pacific

South

Southern Rockies

Southwest

Tallgrass


There are no project locations identified for this project.

Project Deliverables

Final Report view or print

("Results presented in JFSP Final Reports may not have been peer-reviewed and should be interpreted as tentative until published in a peer-reviewed source.")

  ID Type Title
    1751 Government Publication Models that describe the price behavior and the degree of market integration for various categories of forest products.
view or print   3084 Journal Article Forest Policy and Economics
    766 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Research will be presented at occasional professional and scientific conferences.

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