Wildfire in Montana: Potential hazard reduction and economic effects of a strategic treatment program

Charles E. Keegan, Carl E. Fiedler, Todd A. Morgan

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Abstract

About 80 percent of Montana's 9 million acres of fire-adapted forests rate high/moderate for fire hazard. A strategic hazard reduction scenario was evaluated based on treating 1 percent of these stands annually for 30 years. The proposed comprehensive treatment regime moved 90 percent of potentially treatable acres to a low hazard rating and yielded an average return of $624 per acre treated. Further analysis of this "1 percent scenario" showed that it would generate nearly 100 mil lion ft. 3 of timber annually, along with 3,000 private sector jobs, and $ 40 million in revenue to Montana landowners.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-25
Number of pages5
JournalForest Products Journal
Volume54
Issue number7-8
StatePublished - Jul 2004

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