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Separable Costs of Provisions for Nontimber Resources in Forest Service Timber Sales

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The authors investigated the separable costs of provisions to mitigate damage to or enhance nontimber resources in timber sales for national forests in the Northern and Intermountain Regions. Data were obtained from 224 timber sales made between 1983 and 1985. A "timber-only" design was developed for each sale, was compared to the actual design, and the loss in estimated stumpage receipts was used to reflect the cost due to nontimber considerations. This loss averaged about $20 per mbf (1985 dollars), much of which could be traced to reduced harvest volumes. Most modifications and associated costs were intended to mitigate adverse impacts and resulted from required, policy-based choices. West. J. Appl. For. 4(4):119-124, October 1989.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Intermountain Research Station, USDA Forest Service, Missoula, MT 59807

Publication date: October 1, 1989

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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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