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Title: Chapter 4: Overview of the vegetation management treatment economic analysis module in the integrated landscape assessment project

Author: Zhou, Xiaoping; Hemstrom, Miles A.;

Date: 2014

Source: In: Halofsky, Jessica E.; Creutzburg, Megan K.; Hemstrom, Miles A., eds. 2014. Integrating social, economic, and ecological values across large landscapes. Gen.Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-896. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station: 111-128.

Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)

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Description: Forest land provides various ecosystem services, including timber, biomass, and carbon sequestration. Estimating trends in these ecosystem services is essential for assessing potential outcomes of landscape management scenarios. However, the state-and transition models used in the Integrated Landscape Assessment Project for simulating landscape changes over time do not directly compute the variables necessary for volume and biomass estimation. This study illustrates a methodology for modeling timber production and biomass supply potential over time in central Washington, and gives an example on cost-benefit analysis of fuel treatment under different management scenarios to provide information on economic viability of potential vegetation management activities.

Keywords: Landscapes, state-and-transition modeling, vegetation mapping, fuels, wildfire hazard, treatment costs, biomass, wildlife habitat, decision support, climate change, watersheds, community economics, all ownerships, geographic information systems, landscape assessment.

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Zhou, Xiaoping; Hemstrom, Miles A. 2014. Chapter 4: Overview of the vegetation management treatment economic analysis module in the integrated landscape assessment project. In: Halofsky, Jessica E.; Creutzburg, Megan K.; Hemstrom, Miles A., eds. 2014. Integrating social, economic, and ecological values across large landscapes. Gen.Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-896. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station: 111-128.

 


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