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An Economic Analysis of Southern Pine Beetle Suppression Activity on the Gulf Coastal Plain National Forests During 1985 and 1986

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The 1985-1986 southern pine beetle suppression projects were analyzed on the national forests in the Gulf Coastal Plain. Project costs during that time were $11.6 million, and benefits of control were estimated at $45.5 million. Such a relationship yielded a benefit-cost ratio of 3.9:1 at a 4% real rate of return and 2.6:1 at 7 1/8%. Volume saved as a result of the suppression projects was estimated at 665,000 mbf (Scribner). Total cost per acre, including suppression and regeneration expenses, was $224. South. J. Appl. For. 14(2):70-73.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Entomologist, Forest Pest Management, Southern Region, USDA Forest Service, 1720 Peachtree Rd., NW, Atlanta, GA 30367-9102

Publication date: 1990-05-01

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