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A method for quantifying and comparing the costs and benefits of alternative riparian zone buffer widths

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LeDoux, Chris B.; Wilkerson, Ethel

Year Published

2008

Publication

In: Jacobs, Douglass F.; Michler, Charles H., eds. 2008. Proceedings, 16th Central Hardwood Forest Conference; 2008 April 8-9; West Lafayette, IN. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-24. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 275-289.

Abstract

We developed a method that can be used to quantify the opportunity costs and ecological benefits of implementing alternative streamside management zones/buffer zone widths. The opportunity costs are computed based on the net value of the timber left behind in the buffer zone, the stump-to-mill logging costs for the logging technology that would have been used to harvest the timber, the prevailing pond values of logs delivered to the sawmills or processing plants, and the time value of money. By conducting a comprehensive review of the published scientific literature, we quantified the ecological benefits for select riparian functions based on their ability to protect against post-harvest changes.

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LeDoux, Chris B.; Wilkerson, Ethel. 2008. A method for quantifying and comparing the costs and benefits of alternative riparian zone buffer widths. In: Jacobs, Douglass F.; Michler, Charles H., eds. 2008. Proceedings, 16th Central Hardwood Forest Conference; 2008 April 8-9; West Lafayette, IN. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-24. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 275-289.

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