Economic impacts of southwestern national forest fuels reductions

Evan E. Hjerpe, Yeon-Su Kim

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Abstract

Fuels reduction programs aimed at reducing wildfire risk are increasing on national forests of the American Southwest. Incorporating both mechanical thinning and prescribed burning, fuels reduction projects can decrease the intensity and frequency of wildfires but also provide economic benefits to regional economies, businesses, and individuals. This article analyzes the economic impacts of national forest fuels reduction programs in the Southwest. Impacts, multipliers, and wood utilization rates were calculated for regions containing the Apache-Sitgreaves, Coconino, Gila, Kaibab, and San Juan National Forests. In total, fiscal year 2005 fuels reduction programs for these five national forests accounted for over $40 million of output and helped generate some 500 jobs, providing an economic stimulus to rural communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)311-316
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Forestry
Volume106
Issue number6
StatePublished - Sep 2008

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fuels (fire ecology)
national forests
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San Juan National Forest
wildfire
wood utilization
economics
multipliers
Southwestern United States
rural communities
prescribed burning
regional economy
thinning
programme

Keywords

  • Economic impact analysis
  • Fuels reduction programs
  • Ponderoso pine
  • Small-diameter wood utilization

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  • Forestry
  • Plant Science

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Economic impacts of southwestern national forest fuels reductions. / Hjerpe, Evan E.; Kim, Yeon-Su.

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