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Impact of Pacific Northwest Environmental Regulation on International Timber Supply

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Recent world developments highlight the near global nature of today's economy. Global sources of industrial timber continue to be affected by emerging world trade patterns. The U.S. Pacific Northwest (PNW) has been a major supplier to global markets. The region is also subject to numerous expense-generating environmental constraints. This article estimates the effects on international timber supply of applying Washington State Forest Practice Act (WSFPA) regulations to the entire PNW using the Timber Supply Model. Results indicate that in the absence of similar constraints in other regions, the added cost of WSFPA compliance reduces average annual harvest in the PNW by 19.3% over a 50-yr horizon. Production is shifted to other regions, including Western Canada, which increases average annual harvests by 7.6% over this simulation period. West. J. Appl. For 9(3): 77-80.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Department of Economics, Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322-3530

Publication date: July 1, 1994

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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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