Effect of Wildfire Fuel Treatment for U.S. Forest Service and Others

Working with the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, USFS, and The Nature Conservancy, ECONorthwest modeled the effects of wildfire fuel treatment with fire, erosion, debris, hydrologic, and used economic models to trace the effects, their beneficiaries, and avoided costs that would accrue. The work identified the reality that in the Mokelumne River watershed, an area in the Sierra Nevada that is at risk of catastrophic wildfire, no one category of beneficiaries likely receives sufficient benefit to single-handedly fund a fuel treatment program, and a diverse stakeholder process and mechanism would be necessary to achieve the overall socially-efficient level of fuel treatment.

Client: Sierra Nevada Conservancy, U.S. Forest Service, and The Nature Conservancy

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