Incentives and Timing of Prescribed Fire for Wildfire Risk Management
Abstract:Prescribed fire use for wildfire fuel reduction entails trading one risk for another. Because these risks change over time as vegetation matures, prescribed fire use for wildfire risk mitigation can be viewed as a timing problem. We examine economic incentives for prescribed fire timing and use on the wildland-urban interface, the problem of heavy initial fuel loads from years of suppression and fuel accumulation, and the effect of liability, public suppression, and other factors on fuel management incentives. We conclude with a number of broad policy recommendations.
Keywords: environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; optimal timing; prescribed fire; vegetation management; wildfire; wildfire fuel management
Document Type: Regular Article
Affiliations: 1: Assistant Professor School of Economic Sciences Washington State University PO Box 646210 111J Hulbert Hall Pullman WA 99164, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 2: Professor and Chair Department of Natural Resource Sciences Washington State University Pullman
Publication date: September 1, 2004
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