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Riparian Management Case Studies

Landowner concerns about riparian management alternatives and regulatory constraints ranked high on the advisory groups' priority list. Case studies provide detailed insights into the impacts of alternatives not possible from statistical studies such as the required SBEIS (small business economic impact study).

  • The extent and disparity of impacts on small landowners from the Forest and Fish Agreement is being analyzed first on six case studies in Lewis County. An economic analysis of a base case and four management alternatives allowed under the regulation showed that Total Forest Value losses ranged from 27% to 36% under the "best case" scenario, and from 45% to 83% under the "worst case" scenario. With adoption of a Forest Riparian Easement provided by the state to mitigate extreme economic impacts, the range of losses could be reduced. However, the Bare-land Value is reduced to near zero with any substantial share of acres in the riparian zones and the riparian easement program does not improve the land value. For the Fact Sheet related to these studies, click here.
Leaping Salmon
  • In order to better understand how these new rules might affect Eastern Washington small forest landowners, simulations of forest stand development and economic outcomes were modeled for seven case studies located in Okanogan, Pend Oreille, and Stevens counties. The case study sites ranged from 20 to 825 acres in size and from 2100' to 3800' in elevation. For the Fact Sheet related to these studies, click here.
Riparian area
  • Case study findings are being used by the DNR Small Forest Landowner Office and NIPFs seeking to develop adaptive approaches to riparian management that lessen landowner impacts while improving habitat quality.

  • Findings of several recent economic impact assessments were integrated into a presentation on the broader impacts of new riparian rules. Several presentations were made and a synopsis appeared in the Society of American Forester's Western Forester, the Contract Logger's Springboard, the College of Forest Resources' CINTRAFOR NEWS and its website (


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