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Evaluating the Economic Efficiency of Wildfire Rehabilitation Treatments

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The success of emergency wildfire rehabilitation treatments applied on USDA Forest Service land is rarely documented. Though based partially on economic efficiency criteria, treatments are often applied with little consideration of the risks involved. A decision-tree approach incorporates such risks in the rehabilitation decision process through the calculation of an expected value. This approach was applied to documented rehabilitation projects conducted on Forest Service land in the Pacific Northwest and northern Rocky Mountains from 1976 to 1981. The evaluation of past projects showed that a number of inefficient projects have been applied even without considering risk. When the risks of applying treatments are included, the efficiency of nearly all of the rehabilitation efforts becomes suspect. West. J. Appl. For. 2(2):58-61, April, 1987.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: USDA Forest Service, Riverside Fire Laboratory

Publication date: 1987-04-01

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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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