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Reducing Fire Hazard: Balancing Costs and Outcomes
Valerie Rapp (au) (ed)
Massive wildfires in recent years have given urgency to questions of how to reduce fire hazard in Western forests, how to finance the work, and how to use the wood, especially in forests crowded with small trees. Scientists have already developed tools that estimate fire hazard in a forest stand. But hazard is more difficult to estimate at a landscape scale, involving concepts from forestry, fire science, economics, ecology, and geography. Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) BioSum is a tool that integrates these concepts and connects existing computer models. People use it to analyze the effectiveness of fire hazard reduction and the financial feasibility of fuel treatments -- using merchantable wood for solid wood products and low-value wood as biomass to generate power -- under a range of product prices and fuel treatment prescriptions. If work to reduce fire hazard returned net revenue and low-value wood was used to generate electricity, the solution would appear promising. Is there a small-wood alchemy that can do all this? Forest Service scientists developed FIA BioSum and related models to answer this question. These tools, described here, can help people find a balance between the outcomes they want and costs of the fuel reduction. Illus.
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