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Economic Efficiency of Fire Management on Nonfederal Forest and Range Lands

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Abstract:

An analysis, made by a cost-plus-net-value-change criterion, revealed that the amount of money spent nationwide to achieve an efficient fire protection on nonfederal forest and range lands is appropriate. However, improvements in efficiency can be achieved by increasing the fire protection in about one-half of the 39 geographical zones defined for purposes of the analysis, particularly those zones with significant timber values, while reducing it in others. This adjustment would result in a 48-percent reduction in losses without increasing the total cost of protection.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Analyst, Cooperative Fire Protection, Staff of the USDA Forest Service, Washington, D.C. 20013

Publication date: June 1, 1983

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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