US Forest Service

Pacific Northwest Research Station


Pacific Northwest Research Station
Portland Forestry Sciences Lab 620 SW Main St., Suite 400
Portland, OR 97205

(503) 808-2000

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Fuel Reduction Cost Simulator


FRCS, the Fuel Reduction Cost Simulator, uses simulation to estimate the cost of forest operations that are undertaken to reduce forest fuel loads by cutting and removing trees for solid wood products or chips. It can also be used to estimate the cost of collecting and chipping forest residues. The resulting “dirty chips” might be used as feedstock for electrical power generation or for the production of biofuels or other bio-based products.

FRCS is a spreadsheet application developed with Microsoft® Excel® 2002. Its compatibility with spreadsheet software other than Microsoft Excel has not been tested. FRCS has, however, been tested successfully with Excel 1997-2003 and with Excel 2007.

System and Software Requirements
  • Microsoft Windows 2000, XP, Vista, or Windows 7
  • Microsoft Excel 2002, 2003, or 2007

1. FRCS VARIANTS FOR DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE UNITED STATES (each is a single Microsoft® Excel® workbook file; they vary in size from 1.54-1.66 MB). Note: These variants of FRCS were last updated on 26 March 2010. If you are currently using an older version of FRCS, we suggest that you download and use one of these latest versions.

Arrow bullet FRCS-North

Intended for use in the Northeast and North-Central regions: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Wisconsin, and West Virginia

Arrow bullet FRCS-South

Intended for use in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia

Arrow bullet FRCS-West

Intended for use in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming


Documentation downloads are listed in the table below. Please note the following:

  • Excel 2007 has some important security features that differ from previous versions of Excel, and if you are using that version you should read the Excel 2007 information sheet.

  • If you want to use FRCS in batch processing mode, please be sure to read the batch processing information sheet because the data formats have changed from earlier versions of FRCS.

  • You may wish to update the cost data used internally by FRCS. The download versions have costs that were current as of December 2007. The information note on updating costs tells you where cost data are located within FRCS and provides suggestions on how to update the different elements. The two subsidiary files on labor cost provide additional information on logging wages.

  Download Item File Type File Size  
Arrow bullet Users Guide for FRCS Adobe® PDF 1,225.2 KB  
Arrow bullet ReadMe File Microsoft® Word® DOC 25.0 KB  
Arrow bullet Information for Users of Excel 2007 Adobe® PDF 1,360.7 KB  
Arrow bullet Instructions on Batch Processing with FRCS Adobe® PDF 105.6 KB  
Arrow bullet Updating Equipment, Labor, and Fuel Costs in FRCS Adobe® PDF 18.7 KB  
  Arrow bullet 2001-2007 Logging Wage Data Spreadsheet Microsoft® Excel® XLS 187.0 KB
  Arrow bullet Logging Wage Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Adobe® PDF 42.9 KB  
Arrow bullet Single archive with all documentation files except the User's Guide ZIP archive 1,532.8 KB  

For questions or assistance with FRCS, contact Jamie Barbour: jbarbour01 (at)

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Last Modified:  Monday, 16 December 2013 at 14:18:52 CST

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