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Project ID: 99-1-1-05

Year: 1999

Date Started: 09/09/1999

Date Completed: 01/27/2005

Title: Integrated Fuels Treatment Assessment: Ecological, Economic, and Financial Impacts

Project Proposal Abstract: This study is an integrated economic assessment of alternative fuels treatments. We examine ecological, economic and financial aspects of alternative fuels treatments paying particular attention to market and non-market costs and benefits, property damage, smoke, air quality, and perceptions regarding human health, recreation values, and ecosystem functions and services. We evaluate alternative fuels treatments methods from three perspectives: financial, economic and ecological. Using regression models and data from the NPS, we predict and compare fuels treatment costs, and provide a literature review to assess economic benefits for local economies generated through commodity production as a byproduct of mechanical treatment methods. We examine social perceptions regarding air quality, acceptability of smoke, recreation values and long-term ecological effects. Public perceptions will be analyzed using survey information from Montana and California. Third, we propose to develop a cost-effectiveness analysis of ecological impacts for treatment methods based on standard criterion indicators for sustainability, and GIS information. This approach will be used to identify critical ecosystem functions, and to evaluate success in achieving ecosystem management objectives. Finally, we will synthesize our findings and develop an integrated framework to evaluate and compare fuels management alternatives. This study is important to federal managers, policy makers and planners because it will provide critical information used in decision-making processes and management. Results of this study will enhance managers' understanding and ability to assess the efficiency of alternative fuels treatment methods with respect to costs, benefits, and effectiveness in achieving management objectives. Our research directly addresses the issues outlined by Task 1 in the RFP.

Principal Investigator: Hayley Hesseln

Agency/Organization: University of Montana

Branch or Dept: Department of Forest Management

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Branch or Dept

Co-Principal Investigator

John B. Loomis

Colorado State University

Department of Agriculture & Resource Economics

Co-Principal Investigator

Douglas B. Rideout

Colorado State University

Department of Forest, Rangeland & Watershed Stewardship

Federal Cooperator

Armando X. Gonzalez-Caban

Forest Service

PSW-Forest Fire Lab-Riverside

Project Locations


Northern Rockies


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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
view or print   1740 Government Publication Expanded California Fire Management Program: What Do You Think?
    3174 Journal Article Comparing the Economic Effects of Fire on Hiking Demand in Montana and Colorado
    110 Conference/Symposia/Workshop An Economic Assessment of Fuels Treatments at the Landscape Level
    111 Conference/Symposia/Workshop A Cost Comparison of Mechanical Fuels Treatment and Prescribed Burning
    112 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Comparing the Economic Effects of Fire on Recreation Demand in Montana and Colorado
    113 Conference/Symposia/Workshop The Effects of Fire on Hiking Demand: A Travel Cost Study of Colorado and Montana
    6589 Conference/Symposia/Workshop Comparing the Economic Effects of Fire on Recreation Demand in Montana and Colorado
    5408 Conference/Symposia/Workshop The Effect of Wildland-Urban Interface on Prescribed Burning Costs in the Pacific Northwestern United States

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