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Estimating postfire changes in production and value of northern rocky mountain-intermountain rangelands

Author(s): David L. Peterson, Patrick J. Flowers
Year Published: 1984
Description:

A simulation model was developed to estimate postfire changes in the production and value of grazing lands in the Northern Rocky Mountain-Intermountain region. Ecological information and management decisions were used to simulate expected changes in production and value after wildfire in six major rangeland types: permanent forested range (ponderosa pine), transitory range (Douglas-fir, larch, lodgepole pine, western white pine), mountain grassland, sagebrush, pinyon-juniper, and western hardwoods. Changes varied widely in quantity and duration among the range types. The largest decrease in net value was calculated for mountain grassland ($7/acre for a 2-year period). The largest increase in net value was calculated for a ponderosa pine sawtimber stand with 100 percent basal area removal ($36/acre for a l50~year period). The estimates calculated in this study should be useful in land and fire management planning in the Northern Rocky Mountain-Intermountain area.

Citation: Peterson, David L.; Flowers, Patrick J. 1984. Estimating postfire changes in production and value of northern Rocky Mountain-Intermountain rangelands. Res. Pap. PSW-RP-173. Berkeley, CA: USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station. 19 p.
Topic(s): Fire Effects, Ecological - Second Order, Vegetation, Fire & Economics
Ecosystem(s): Montane dry mixed-conifer forest, Aspen woodland, Ponderosa pine woodland/savanna, Juniper woodland, Sagebrush steppe, Lower montane/foothills/valley grassland
Document Type: Technical Report or White Paper
NRFSN number: 11222
FRAMES RCS number: 11308
Record updated: Sep 8, 2017