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Evaluating the Salvage Value of Fire-Killed Timber by Helicopter—Effects of Yarding Distance and Time Since Fire

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Recently, large areas of federal lands in the western United States have been subject to wildfire. Concerns about hastening restoration, soil disturbance, and road building have prompted consideration of helicopter logging. Normal planning procedures on federal lands are not sensitive to the rapid decline in the recoverable economic value of fire-killed timber. The economic value of fire-killed timber is dependent on logging costs and time since tree death. A model is developed to calculate value of fire-killed timber as a function of time since death and yarding distance using helicopters as the preferred logging method. Applications of the method to tactical planning are discussed.
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Keywords: Fire salvage; helicopter logging; logging planning; wood deterioration

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Forest Engineering Department, Faculty of Forestry, Kahramanmaraş Sütçü İmam University, 46100 Kahramanmaraş, Turkey; 2: Department of Forest Engineering, College of Forestry, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331; 3: Daniel B. Warnell School of Forest Resources, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602; 4: USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region, Portland, OR 97208; 5: Department of Forest Engineering, College of Forestry, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 77331.

Publication date: 01 April 2006

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