Economic impacts of southwestern national forest fuels reductions

Evan E. Hjerpe, Yeon Su Kim

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Fuels reduction programs aimed at reducing wildfire risk are increasing on national forests of the American Southwest. Incorporating both mechanical thinning and prescribed burning, fuels reduction projects can decrease the intensity and frequency of wildfires but also provide economic benefits to regional economies, businesses, and individuals. This article analyzes the economic impacts of national forest fuels reduction programs in the Southwest. Impacts, multipliers, and wood utilization rates were calculated for regions containing the Apache-Sitgreaves, Coconino, Gila, Kaibab, and San Juan National Forests. In total, fiscal year 2005 fuels reduction programs for these five national forests accounted for over $40 million of output and helped generate some 500 jobs, providing an economic stimulus to rural communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)311-316
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Forestry
Issue number6
StatePublished - Sep 2008


  • Economic impact analysis
  • Fuels reduction programs
  • Ponderoso pine
  • Small-diameter wood utilization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Forestry
  • Plant Science


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