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Refinancing and Restructuring Federal Fire Management

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Changes in fire-dependent ecosystems, fuel accumulations, and an ever-increasing population in the wildland-urban interface have increased fire management complexity and expenditures. To manage wildland fire more efficiently, this article suggests developing a national fire organization, reallocating budgets, and using private markets to finance emergency firefighting expenditures. By tapping the private capital market, federal agencies could reallocate current spending and firefighting activities, while hedging against the risk of loss in severe fire years.

Keywords: economics; environmental management; federal government; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; policy; wildland fire

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: Associate Professor School of Forestry, University of Montana, Missoula, MT, 59812-0576,

Publication date: November 1, 2001

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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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