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Templates for Sustainable Riparian Management on Family Forest Ownerships

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Abstract:

Riparian management is challenging for family forests. Regulatory buffers can have significant economic impacts on small ownerships and may not adequately address site-specific needs. Regulations in Washington State suggest riparian management templates as a solution. We propose an approach for developing these templates that combines economic criteria with a nonparametric statistical assessment of predicted stand structure relative to performance targets. This approach can be useful for helping family forest owners in Washington and elsewhere to achieve riparian management goals while maintaining long-term economic sustainability.

Keywords: economics; environmental management; family forests; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; riparian management; sustainability

Document Type: Regular Article

Affiliations: 1: Research Scientist Rural Technology Initiative, College of Forest Resources University of Washington Seattle WA 98195-2100, Email: kzobr@u.washington.edu 2: Postdoctoral Researcher Rural Technology Initiative, College of Forest Resources University of Washington Seattle WA 98195-2100, Email: kgringer@u.washington.edu 3: Professor of Economics and Director Rural Technology Initiative, College of Forest Resources University of Washington Seattle WA 98195-2100, Email: blippke@u.washington.edu

Publication date: October 1, 2004

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