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Economic Impacts of Controlling Soil Loss from Silvicultural Activities in East Texas

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A linear programming model was used to study some of the economic consequences of imposing controls to limit soil loss from silvicultural activities in a northeast Texas county. Specifically, four control alternatives were evaluated in terms of their impacts on aggregate net income to forest landowners and aggregate timber output. These alternatives were an aggregate soil loss limit, a per unit area soil loss limit, a tax on excess soil loss, and a subsidy for reduced soil loss. It was found that each of these controls necessitated substantial reductions in landowner income and timber output to achieve only modest reductions in soil loss. The significance of these results is discussed, as is the potential usefulness of the linear programming model as a basis for decisionmaking about the economic rationality of silvicultural nonpoint source controls. Forest Sci. 25:627-640.

Keywords: Linear programming; erosion; water pollution

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Assistant Professor, School of Forestry and Wildlife Management, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803

Publication date: December 1, 1979

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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.
    Forest Science is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December.

    2015 Impact Factor: 1.702
    Ranking: 16 of 66 in forestry

    Also published by SAF:
    Journal of Forestry
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