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Timber and Water Resource Management

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Presented is an economic analysis of the physical relationship between the production of timber and water on wildlands. Recent studies have indicated that water yield may be increased through certain types of forest cutting under certain conditions; and though this relationship is not fully known, economic research into potential management of these two resources is needed. Based on research at the Forest Service's Fraser Experimental Forest in Colorado, a graphical and mathematical procedure for predicting stream yield increases due to forest cutting is developed. Inventory data on streamflow and timber stands on the headwaters of the Fraser River, which supplies water to Denver, Colo. via the Moffat Tunnel, were used in the analysis. It is concluded that the management intensity indicated by the analysis for the watershed is both realistic and desirable; and that the use of minimum figures throughout the analysis enhances its practical value in application to the land through good land management practices.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Assistant Professor of Forest Management at Humboldt State College, Arcata, Calif.

Publication date: June 1, 1963

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  • Forest Science is a peer-reviewed journal publishing fundamental and applied research that explores all aspects of natural and social sciences as they apply to the function and management of the forested ecosystems of the world. Topics include silviculture, forest management, biometrics, economics, entomology & pathology, fire & fuels management, forest ecology, genetics & tree improvement, geospatial technologies, harvesting & utilization, landscape ecology, operations research, forest policy, physiology, recreation, social sciences, soils & hydrology, and wildlife management.
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