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Fuels planning: science synthesis and integration; environmental consequences fact sheet 14: Fuels reduction and compaction

Publications Posted on: June 22, 2020
Moving equipment and logs over the surface of forest soils causes gouges and ruts in the mineral soil, displaces organic matter, and can cause compaction. Compaction is the component of soil productivity most influenced by forest management, but the degree to which soils may be compacted depends on initial soil bulk density.

Fuels planning: science synthesis and integration; economic uses fact sheet 07: markets and log prices

Publications Posted on: June 22, 2020
Markets and prices for logs vary widely across the West, fluctuating from place to place in response to regional variables and hauling costs. This fact sheet discusses those variables, locality of log markets, markets for low-value logs, and caveats to consider when using My Fuel Treatment Planner. Other publications in this series

Fuels planning: science synthesis and integration; environmental consequences fact sheet 11: Smoke Impact Spreadsheet (SIS) model

Publications Posted on: June 22, 2020
The Smoke Impact Spreadsheet (SIS) is a simple-to-use planning model for calculating particulate matter (PM) emissions and concentrations downwind of wildland fires. This fact sheet identifies the intended users and uses, required inputs, what the model does and does not do, and tells the user how to obtain the model. Other publications in this series

Fuels planning: science synthesis and integration; economic uses fact sheet 05: NEPA and economics

Publications Posted on: June 22, 2020
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is the law that requires Federal agencies to consider the environmental impacts of their actions, involve the public in the decisionmaking process, and disclose information, starting at the initial stages of planning.

Fuels planning: science synthesis and integration; economic uses fact sheet 09: Mechanical treatment costs

Publications Posted on: June 22, 2020
Although fuel reduction treatments are widespread, there is great variability and uncertainty in the cost of conducting treatments. Researchers from the Rocky Mountain Research Station, USDA Forest Service, have developed a model for estimating the per-acre cost for mechanical fuel reduction treatments.

Fuels planning: science synthesis and integration; economic uses fact sheet 08: prescribed fire costs

Publications Posted on: June 22, 2020
Although the use of prescribed fire as a management tool is widespread, there is great variability and uncertainty in the treatment costs. Given specific site variables and management objectives, how much will it cost to use prescribed fire? This paper describes the FASTRACS database, a tool that has been developed to aid managers in addressing this question.

Fuels planning: science synthesis and integration; economic uses fact sheet 06: selection criteria analysis

Publications Posted on: June 22, 2020
Confidence in decisionmaking can often come from knowing if others in similar circumstances would choose the same management strategy. Researchers at the USDA FS Pacific Northwest Research Station and the University of Saskatchewan have developed a Selection Criteria Analysis for answering this very question.

Fuels planning: science synthesis and integration; economic uses fact sheet 04: My Fuel Treatment Planner

Publications Posted on: June 22, 2020
In the face of rapidly changing public and political attitudes toward fire and fuel planning, one thing remains constant: the fuel planner is ultimately responsible for making decisions on the land. This fact sheet discusses the options for fuel treatments, and the need, development, and use of the MS Excel-based tool, My Fuel Treatment Planner.

Fuels planning: science synthesis and integration; economic uses fact sheet 03: economic impacts of fuel treatments

Publications Posted on: June 22, 2020
With increased interest in reducing hazardous fuels in dry inland forests of the American West, agencies and the public will want to know the economic impacts of fuel reduction treatments. This fact sheet discusses the economic impact tool, a component of My Fuel Treatment Planner, for evaluating economic impacts. Other publications in this series

Fuels planning: science synthesis and integration; economic uses fact sheet 02: log hauling cost

Publications Posted on: June 22, 2020
Knowing the cost of fuel reduction treatments and associated activities, such as hauling cut trees, is essential for fire and fuels planning. This fact sheet explores the main factors that determine the cost of hauling cut trees and points the user to an interactive tool that can help plan for those and other expenses. Other publications in this series

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