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Estimating Regional Wood Supply Based on Stakeholder Consensus for Forest Restoration in Northern Arizona

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Thinning treatments focused on small-diameter trees have been designed to restore fire-adapted ponderosa pine ecosystems. Estimating the volume of wood byproducts derived from treatments can assist with agency planning of multiyear thinning contracts that sustain existing and attract new wood product businesses. Agency, local government, industry, and environmental representatives were engaged to assess the level of agreement on restoration treatments in northern Arizona. Participants unanimously agreed on appropriate management across two-thirds of the 2.4 million ac analysis area and defined desired posttreatment conditions using forest structure information derived from remotely sensed data. Results indicate that an estimated 850 million ft3 of stem volume and 8.0 million green tn of tree crown biomass could be generated from tree thinning to reestablish fire-adapted conditions and stimulate new economic opportunities while meeting social and environmental criteria. Wood supply defined by stakeholders exceeded current utilization levels by 88% when extrapolated over the next 10 years.

Keywords: ponderosa pine; restoration treatments; stakeholder agreement; wood supply

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2011

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