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Life Sciences - Forestry | The Economics of Forest Disturbances - Wildfires, Storms, and Invasive Species

The Economics of Forest Disturbances

Wildfires, Storms, and Invasive Species

Series: Forestry Sciences, Vol. 79

Holmes, Thomas P., Prestemon, Jeffrey P., Abt, Karen L. (Eds.)

2008, XIII, 420 p.

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  • Evaluates the economic aspects of natural forest disturbances
  • Written by leading experts in the field
  • Contains rigorous empirical analyses within a policy oriented focus
  • Integrates economics and ecology of disturbances
  • Provides systematic analysis of different sources of forest disturbances in a unified framework

This book provides a unique, state-of-the-art review of both traditional and emerging themes in the economics of natural forest disturbances. Although natural disturbances such as wildfire, hurricanes and pests have long been recognized as important factors influencing the structure and health of forests, recent and dramatic increases in the costs and damages associated with forest disturbances necessitates a new evaluation of these processes. The authors show that neo-classical economic principles can be integrated with ecosystem analysis and modern econometric methods to uncover the causes and consequences of natural forest disturbances. The chapters encompass modern areas of concern in forest economics and policy, including temporal and spatial dynamics of economic-ecologic systems, risk-reducing mitigation and adaptation strategies, and the valuation of impacts on market and non-market resources. These topics are developed with case studies demonstrating rigorous empirical analysis with a policy-oriented focus. The book is intended for forest policy analysts and decision-makers, risk managers, forest economists and graduate students studying natural resource economics.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Hurricanes - Invasive species - Natural resource economics - Risk analysis - Wildfires - ecology - ecosystem - forest - forest policy - pest management - production

Related subjects » Agricultural Economics - Economic Policy - Environmental / Development / Agricultural Economics - Environmental Management - Forestry - Geography

Table of contents 

Section I. The Economics and Ecology of Forest Disturbances 1. An Introduction to the Economics of Forest Disturbance T.P. Holmes, J.P. Prestemon, K.L. Abt 2. Forest Economics, Natural Disturbances and the New Ecology T.P. Holmes, R.J. Huggett, Jr., J.M. Pye Section II. Forest Disturbance Processes 3. Natural Disturbance Production Functions J.P. Prestemon, D.E. Mercer, J.M. Pye 4. Statistical Analysis of Large Wildfires T.P. Holmes, R.J. Huggett, Jr., A.J. Westerling 5. The Production of Large and Small Wildfires D.T. Butry, M. Gumpertz, M.G. Genton 6. Climatology for Wildfire Management A.L. Westerling 7. Wildland Arson Management J.P. Prestemon, D.T. Butry Section III. Valuing the Economic Impacts of Forest Disturbances 8. Designing Economic Impact Assessments for USFS Wildfire Programs K.L. Abt, R.J. Huggett, Jr., T.P. Holmes 9. Timber Salvage Economics J.P. Prestemon, T.P. Holmes 10. Wildfire and the Economic Value of Wilderness Recreation J. Englin, T.P. Holmes, J. Lutz 11. Forest Disturbance Impacts on Residential Property Values R.J. Huggett, Jr., E.A. Murphy, T.P. Holmes 12. Contingent Valuation of Fuel Hazard Reduction Treatments J.B. Loomis, A. González-Cabán Section IV. Decision Making in Response to Forest Disturbances 13. Analyzing Trade-offs between Fuels Management, Suppression, and Damages from Wildfire D.E. Mercer, R.G.Haight, J.P. Prestemon 14. A Review of State and Local Regulation for Wildfire Mitigation T.K. Haines, C.R. Renner, M.A. Reams 15. Economic Analysis of Federal Wildfire Management Programs K.M. Gebert, D.E. Calkin, R.J. Huggett, Jr., K.L. Abt 16. Incentives and Wildfire Management in the United States G.H. Donovan, T.C. Brown, L. Dale 17. Forecasting Wildfire Suppression Expenditures for the United States Forest Service K.L. Abt, J.P. Prestemon, K. Gebert 18. Toward a Unified Economic Theory of Fire Program Analysis with Strategies for Empirical Modeling D.B. Rideout, Y. Wei, A.G. Kirsch, S.J. Botti 19. Economic Aspects of Invasive Forest Pest Management T.P. Holmes, K.P. Bell, B. Byrne, J.S. Wilson Index

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