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Allowable Cut Effect and Fire-Damage Appraisal

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Analysis of investment in forest fire protection and control first requires appraisal of potential loss. Traditional analysis computes the present net worth of harvest and other benefits lost on a stand-by-stand basis. It assumes harvest scheduling without constraints. Forest planning, on the other hand, requires constraints on harvest scheduling and selection of a preferred alternative schedule. The interaction of timber inventory, age-class distribution, and harvest-scheduling constraints leads to a different allowable cut effect in each combination of forest structure and constraints. Examples of this interaction are provided: the basis of comparison is the present net worth of damage at the stand level when harvest scheduling is unconstrained. West. J. Appl. For. 1:100-103, Oct. 1986.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: USDA Forest Service, Forest Fire Laboratory, Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station, Riverside, CA 92507

Publication date: 1986-10-01

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  • Each regional journal of applied forestry focuses on research, practice, and techniques targeted to foresters and allied professionals in specific regions of the United States and Canada. The Western Journal of Applied Forestry covers the western United States, including Alaska, and western Canada; WJAF will also consider manuscripts reporting research in northern Mexico that has potential application in the southwestern United States.
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