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Costs of Hazard-Reduction Burning on Southern National Forests

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Prescribed burning plans from national forests on the southern coastal plain provide sufficient data to estimate the costs of burns that were completed as planned. Estimated costs over a 4-year period in 1976 dollars ranged from $4.82 per acre for a 50-acre burn in a 12-year rough to $0.35 per acre for a 2,400-acre burn in a 4-year rough. Cost per acre was strongly influenced by the size of burn and age of rough (years since last burn).

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Forest Economist, USDA Forest Service, Southeastern Forest Experiment Station, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina

Publication date: 1980-02-01

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