Arbitrage-Free Valuation of a Federal Timber Lease
Abstract:The objective of this paper is to describe a quantitative framework for offering timber harvest bids on federal lands which includes special considerations of the volatility of timber indices and the harvesting costs involved in harvesting timber. The advantage of such an approach is that it provides a precise framework in which various underlying considerations, such as volatility and cost, may be systematically defined, measured, and evaluated. The valuations derived in this paper provide a market standard against which additional value that encompasses social or environmental welfare may be evaluated. We discuss a specific USDA Forest Service timber sale as a case study to illustrate this approach. For. Sci. 45(4):473-483.
Document Type: Journal Article
Affiliations: Department of Mathematics, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331
Publication date: November 1, 1999
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