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The NRFSN research and publications database leads users to regionally relevant fire science. There are more than 3,600 documents, which have been carefully categorized by the NRFSN to highlight topics and ecosystems important in the Northern Rockies Region. Categorized resources include records from the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP), Fire Research and Management Exchange System (FRAMES), and Fire Effects Information System (FEIS).

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The Fuel Treatment Evaluator (FTE) 3.0 is a web-based tool that simulates uneven-aged and even-aged silvicultural treatments on timberland in 12 western states. This tool simulates treatments to reduce forest fire hazard to specific target levels and identifies the volume of biomass removed, harvesting costs, and estimated biomass...
Author(s): U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
Year Published: 2006
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
We use Fuel Treatment Evaluator (FTE) 3.0 to estimate how many acres might be treated near three western communities (Pagosa Springs, Colorado; Hamilton, Montana; Colville, Washington) for which the value of biomass removed covers the treatment cost.
Author(s): U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
Year Published: 2006
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
ANNOTATION: In 1978 the U.S. Forest Service initiated a National Wood Utilization and Wood Energy Application Program to focus attention on application of existing and developing technology. In this paper, the mission and goals of this program are discussed. Additionally, problems such as access, economic feasibility, and long-term...
Author(s): Dan R. Loeffler, David E. Calkin, Robin P. Silverstein
Year Published: 2006
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
The purpose of this note is to provide a starting point for discussion of fire hazard reduction treatments that meet the full range of management objectives, including budget priorities. Thoughtful design requires an understanding not only of the physical and biological outcomes, but also the costs and potential revenues of applying...
Author(s): Roger D. Fight, R. James Barbour
Year Published: 2006
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
During the fall of 2005, a study was conducted at Priest River Experimental Forest (PREF) in northern Idaho to investigate the economics of mastication used to treat activity and standing live fuels. In this study, a rotary head masticator was used to crush and chop activity fuels within harvest units on 37.07 acres. Production...
Author(s): Jeff Halbrook, Han-Sup Han, Russell T. Graham, Theresa B. Jain, Robert Denner
Year Published: 2006
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings
Preliminary estimates of harvesting costs for forest fuel reduction treatments in the West are presented. Cost estimates were made for typical stands based on Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) plots that represented forest stands in 12 western states, using the ST Harvest spreadsheet system. Costs were estimated for a range of...
Author(s): Rodrigo Arriagada, Fred W. Cubbage, Karen L. Abt
Year Published: 2006
Type: Document : Conference Proceedings
Almost a million tons of biomass left over after thinning designed to reduce hazardous fuels and increase tree vigor, thus decreasing susceptibility to insects and disease, could provide significant small business opportunities in the Bitterroot Valley. Researchers with the Forest Service Economics Research Work Unit and the...
Author(s): David E. Calkin
Year Published: 2005
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
Determining the economic effectiveness of wildfire suppression activities is complicated by difficulties in identifying the area that would have burned and the associated resource value changes had suppression resources not been employed. We developed a case study using break-even analysis for two large wildfires from the 2003 fire...
Author(s): David E. Calkin, Kevin D. Hyde, Krista M. Gebert, J. Greg Jones
Year Published: 2005
Type: Document : Research Brief or Fact Sheet
The equivalency of willingness to pay between the states of California, Florida and Montana is tested. Residents in California, Florida and Montana have an average willingness to pay of $417, $305, and $382 for prescribed burning program, and $403, $230, and $208 for mechanical fire fuel reduction program, respectively. Due to wide...
Author(s): John B. Loomis, Le Trong Hung, Armando Gonzalez-Caban
Year Published: 2005
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
This project has three objectives: 1) Classify ponderosa pine, Douglas-fir, and dry mixed-conifer forests types in Montana and New Mexico into appropriate fuel characteristic classes (FCC's), and display the results by forest type, density, and structural classes, 2) Develop web-based applications by which users can evaluate the...
Author(s): Carl E. Fiedler, Roger D. Ottmar
Year Published: 2005
Type: Document : Technical Report or White Paper

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These resources are compiled in partnership with the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP), Fire Research and Management Exchange System (FRAMES), and Fire Effects Information System (FEIS).