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Project ID: 06-3-2-24

Year: 2006

Date Started: 07/07/2006

Date Completed: 04/16/2007

Title: A Feasibility Assessment of a Methodology to Evaluate the Costs and Benefits of Large Scale Treatment Programs Under Conditions Approximating Real-World Cire, Climate, Vegetation and Economic Conditions

Project Proposal Abstract: Tasks 2 and 3 of AFP 2006-3 call for projects to address the landscape-scale cumulative effects (Task 2) and length of effectiveness (Task 3) of fuels treatments conducted for fire hazard reduction. In order to develop the data that is needed to conduct the economic analysis of the benefits and long-term effectiveness of the fuel treatment programs, it is necessary to integrate data from NIFMID, FSVeg, and FFIS, along with software from many sources including INFORMS, FVS and FFE, and FARSITE. Using the Lincoln National Forest as a test case, we will determine whether this methodology is feasible in a world of limited time and budgets. This project will develop a modeling and analysis system that will be designed to evaluate long-term changes from cycles of treatment, burning and growth on a landscape comprised of stands of different treatment (treated or untreated) and burned (burned or unburned) status. We will evaluate a single land area, with one fuel treatment program. Outputs will include estimates of treatment cost and expected suppression cost for the single evaluation project. The long-term effectiveness of the treatment program will be evaluated by comparing pixel condition, based on basal area and/or torching and crowning indices, for periods up to 40 years. If this test case project results in feasible time and budget requirements, we will request additional funding to allow us to address the costs and benefits of alternative large scale programs including treatment location and scale, and link the outcome to the market impact model developed in JFSP project 01-1-2-09 (A national study of the economic impacts of biomass removals to mitigate wildfire damages on federal, state, and private lands (Economics of Biomass Removals Study))

Principal Investigator: Jeffrey P. Prestemon

Agency/Organization: Forest Service

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

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Co-Principal Investigator

Karen L. Abt

Forest Service

SRS-Forestry Sciences Lab-Research Triangle Park

Federal Cooperator

Jeffrey P. Prestemon

Forest Service

SRS-Forestry Sciences Lab-Research Triangle Park

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Project Deliverables

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("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.")

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view or print   4027 Final Report Supplement Original final report, updated report located on Final Report Tab

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