2nd International Wildland Fire Ecology and Fire Management Congress


The Market Economics of Mechanical Fuel Treatments

Karen L. Abt, USDA Forest Service, Resarch Triangle Park, NC; and J. P. Prestemon, P. Ince, J. Barbour, R. Fight, and R. Rummer

Current and proposed legislation and policy envisions mechanically treating wildlands to reduce wildfire risks. The economic impacts of introducing these materials into local forest product markets are not well understood. We present modeling results of a nationwide study that examines how producers and consumers are affected by such treatments. Included in this analysis is an evaluation of how differing levels of fuel treatment subsidies, ranging from no subsidy to large subsidies that would encourage private land treatments, would affect the amount of wildland economically treated. Results describe how non-participants in the timber market are adversely affected by such programs, while participants and consumers benefit from such a program. .

Session 2F, Social and Economic Aspects of Fire Management: Part I (TRACK VI)
Monday, 17 November 2003, 2:00 PM-5:30 PM

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