The cost effectiveness of USDA Forest Service end result contracts (ERCs), also known as "stewardship" contracts, was compared with similar information from conventional service contracts. Bid data from 18 ERCs were examined, and Forest Service costs were compared with service contracts and timber sale contracts on the Umpqua and Winema National Forests in Oregon. We found generally that ERCs are still in an initial stage of development, but at this point costs of ERCs compared well with service contracts. The results of this study indicate that where regeneration is typically successful, ERCs can be used to address a variety of forest management objectives. ERCs are a management tool that deserves further experimentation and analysis. West. J. Appl. For. 5(4):00-00, October 1990.
Document Type: Journal Article
Department of Forest and Wood Sciences at Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO 80523
Publication date: October 1, 1990
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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.