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Title: Potential biomass and logs from fire-hazard-reduction treatments in Southwest Oregon and Northern California

Author: Barbour, R. James; Fried, Jeremy; Daugherty, Peter J.; Christensen, Glenn; Fight, Roger.

Date: 2008

Source: Forest Policy and Economics.10: 400-407

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: The FIA BioSum model was used to simulate three fire-hazard-reduction policies in an area comprising northern California, southwestern Oregon, and the east slopes of the Cascade Mountains in Oregon. The policy scenarios, all subject to a stand-scale fire-hazard-reduction effectiveness constraint, included maximize torching index improvement (Max TI), maximize net revenue recovery (Max NR), and minimize merchantable timber removal (Min Merch). Differences in the area treated under each scenario were considerable, ranging from 15 to 96% of the area for which effective treatments are technically feasible. For each scenario, weight, species, and source tree size of both dirty chips (hogfuel or biomass) and saw logs were estimated. The mix of species and sizes removed under each scenario was surprisingly similar, although the Min Merch scenario did remove more noncommercial species such as hardwoods and more saw logs in the midsize classes (10 to 16in. diameter at breast height (dbh); 25.4 to 40.6cm) than the other two scenarios. Saw logs accounted for 67 to 79% of the weight removed. Under all scenarios, the Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii)/larch (Larix) and white woods (Picea spp., Tsuga spp, and Abies spp.) species groups accounted for nearly all of the saw logs removed. Tops and limbs of commercial species and noncommercial species accounted for most of the dirty chips. Stems of low value commercial conifers (7 to 16in; 17.8 to 40.6cm) were also an important source of dirty chips. Trees smaller than 7in. (17.8cm) dbh were a relatively minor component of the dirty chip mix.

Keywords: fuel treatments, biomass, fire-hazard-reduction, thinning, wood products

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Barbour, R. James; Fried, Jeremy; Daugherty, Peter J.; Christensen, Glenn; Fight, Roger. 2008. Potential biomass and logs from fire-hazard-reduction treatments in Southwest Oregon and Northern California. Forest Policy and Economics.10: 400-407.

 


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