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About this Research:
Western Utilization and Marketing Project
Research Project Summary
Between 2001 and 2003, The US Forest Service funded approximately
450 projectsintended to increase the use and marketing of lower
value woody material removed as a result of hazardous fuels reduction
and forest restoration activities. Most of these projects were funded
through State and Private Forestry, using Economic Action Program
funds allocated to the National Fire Plan's Community Assistance
Recently, the State and Private Forestry coordinators in Regions
5 and 6 initiated an inventory of the full range of projects funded
in the western states and Alaska to strengthen utilization and marketing
efforts, and to analyze the projects to help increase and disseminate
the base of knowledge being acquired through these projects.
The goal of the inventory and analysis project is to provide
more robust tools to the Forest Service, its partnership agencies,
and its publics to improve program implementation and effectiveness.
Its purpose is to assist EAP and National Fire Plan Community Assistance
coordinators, and their key partners, in developing better overall
program implementation and making the public more aware of the wealth
of new information being developed through this National Fire Plan
Methods and Design
members worked with Forest Service Region 1-6 EAP coordinators and
other staff to gather and analyze utilization and marketing project
information. The project team worked closely with a steering committee
to ensure quality control and to identify program needs. The team
also interviewed several project grantees in each Region to gain
a better understanding of applicants' needs and experiences.
Application of Research Results
Results of this inventory and analysis project are expected to help
program coordinators target funds more effectively, coordinate their
program assets with other funding mechanisms, and identify technical
transfer opportunities and partnerships. Cumulative project information
has been gathered into an electronic database for later distribution
to a large number of communities and businesses involved with small-wood
use and marketing.
Data collection was completed in May 2005. Analysis is underway.
Western United States
Mark Nechodom [Project Leader], Research Social Scientist at the
Sierra Nevada Research Center of the Pacific Southwest Research
and Experiment Station.
Dennis Becker is a Research Scientist with the Pacific Northwest
Research and Experiment Station, focusing on economic utilization
and small-diameter timber in the West.
Dean Graham is the Utilization and Marketing Specialist for Forest
Service Regions 1 and 4.
Eini Lowell is a Research Forest Products Technologist with the
Pacific Northwest Research Station.
Tad Mason, Vice President for Forestry, TSS Consultants in Rancho
John Shelly, Wood Products Development, University of California
Adam Barnett, Social Science Analyst at the Pacific Southwest Research
Station, US Forest Service.
Publications and Reports
The project team will deliver a final report in the summer of 2005.
More information is available by contacting the project leader,
Dr. Mark Nechodom, at 530-759-1706 or firstname.lastname@example.org.