Rocky Mountain Research Station Publications

RMRS Online Publication - Journal Articles, External Publications, and Special Reports
Use of financial and economic analyses by federal forest managers for woody biomass removal


Morgan, Todd A.; Brandt, Jason P.; Baldridge, John D.; Loeffler, Dan R. 2011. Use of financial and economic analyses by federal forest managers for woody biomass removal. Western Journal of Applied Forestry. 26(1): 5-12.

This study was sponsored by the Joint Fire Science Program to understand and enhance the ability of federal land managers to address financial and economic (F&E) aspects of woody biomass removal as a component of fire hazard reduction. Focus groups were conducted with nearly 100 federal land managers throughout the western United States. Several issues and information disconnects were identified in two major areas: the F&E analysis process and the tools and information used for F&E analyses. The most prevalent disconnects appeared to be between managers' knowledge versus acceptance and use of F&E tools developed by research entities. Most managers also tended to focus on financial rather than economic analysis. Findings suggest needs for continually updated local timber and biomass market information; training with F&E tools and methods currently used; ongoing technical support for tools currently used; and closer communication among forest management, research, and administrative personnel as new F&E tools or administrative processes are developed and implemented.

Keywords: biomass utilization, budgets, forest economics, fuel reduction, national forests, timber harvest, transaction evidence appraisal


About PDFs: For best results, do not open the PDF in your Web browser. Right-click on the PDF link to download the PDF file directly to your computer. Click here for more PDF help.


Download Article
http://www.fs.fed.us/rm/pubs_other/rmrs_2011_morgan_t001.pdf

PDF File Size: 500 K


Title: RMRS Other Publications: Use of financial and economic analyses by federal forest managers for woody biomass removal
Electronic Publish Date: December 10, 2010
Last Update:
December 10, 2010

RMRS Publications | Order a publication | Contact Us