Background: Financing ecosystem treatments in small-diameter stands remains a challenge because the costs of sale preparation, harvesting and manufacturing are higher and the product recovery is lower than for larger trees. Good information about all aspects of operations involved in ecosystem management treatments is needed to implement ecosystem management and to avoid the expense of preparing timber sales for which there are no buyers.
Current Status:Completed and fully documented FEEMA model is available for download from a PNW website. Analysis of treatment options is currently being done for thinning small diameter stagnated stands on the Colville NF as part of the CROP research program. Westside and Northern California variants of the model are under development.
Collaborators: Colville NF, Ochoco NF, Vaagen Bros. Lumber, UC Davis, U Idaho, U Montana, NFS R-6, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Forest Management Service Center, Economics of Joint Production and Ecologically Sustainable Production of Forest Resources teams (PNW).
Contact:Roger Fight 503-808-2004