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RTI Working Papers

The publications found in this section contributed directly to the work and decisions of a third party. They apply RTI research and projects to an actual activity.

Literature Review on Innovative Silviculture and Management Practices Supportive of Conservation Values

( March 2009 by Mark Swanson, Hiroo Imaki and Bruce R. Lippke ).

In this literature review we identified over 700 articles following the Washington Forest Landscape Management Project, (WFLMP), which provided one of the early attempts to understand the implications of innovative silviculture and landscape management on conservation values. We enumerate many of the alternative treatments and important elements starting with the WFLMP while noting the several research pathways that developed from that work. We do not attempt to highlight the impact of each referenced article but follow the several directions research has taken and rely on the emphasis provided through several publications and conferences that have attempted to provide a comprehensive summary and review of the literature.

Jobs, Revenues, and Taxes from Timber Harvest; An Examination of the Forest Industry Contribution to the Washington State Economy

( September 2007 by C. Larry Mason and Bruce R. Lippke ).

This project creates updated multiplier estimators with which to calculate direct and indirect economic impacts from changes in forest industry activity in Washington State . Surveys and interviews of logging contractors, sawmills, log truckers, paper companies, and state agencies were undertaken and the resulting information was combined with North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) employment data from the United States Census Bureau to create a forest sector transaction matrix of purchases and employment. The unique contributions to employment and state revenues that result from Washington Department of Natural Resources timber sale programs are highlighted.

Forest Stewardship Coached Planning in Washington State

( June 2007 by David M. Baumgartner, Patricia J. Cohn, Amy Grotta, Andy Perleberg, Donald P. Hanley, Arno Bergstrom ).

Written forest management plans have long been viewed as important tools for building stewardship among family forest owners. Plans are also a way for landowners to clarify and implement practices to meet their management goals. There are three basic types of forest management plans in the state: 1) tax plans, 2) commercial production plans, and 3) stewardship management plans. Forest stewardship management plans, the focus of this paper, contain more detailed information than tax plans and are more oriented to forest ecosystems and multi-resources than commercial plans.

Templates for Forest Sustainability on the Olympic Experimental State Forest

( January 2007 by Bruce R. Lippke, Kevin Zobrist, and Larry Mason).

This paper develops a rigorous statistical assessment process for evaluating old forest attributes and economic viability of management alternatives to test a wide range of biodiversity management pathways towards achievement of DNR management objectives. Alternatives that produced the best integrated results were selected to develop management templates to provide easy-to-use implementation guidelines for forest managers to identify stands and treatments most likely to contribute to desired old forest conditions.

Alternative Landscape Fuel Removal Scenarios: Impacts of Treatment Thinning Intensity and Implementation Schedules on Fire Hazard Reduction Effectiveness, Carbon Storage, and Economics.

( June 2006 by Bruce R. Lippke, Jeffrey Comnick, and Larry Mason).

This paper integrates Life Cycle Inventory and Assessment research results developed by the Consortium for Research on Renewable Industrial Materials (CORRIM) and forest simulation techniques using the Landscape Management System (LMS) developed at the University of Washington, along with simulation studies on fire hazard reduction and avoided costs by the Rural Technology Initiative (RTI) at the University.

Final project report to the National Commission on Science for Sustainable Forestry (NCSSF): Templates for Forest Sustainability on Intensively Managed Private Forests

( July 31, 2005 by Kevin W. Zobrist, Thomas M. Hinckley, Michael G. Andreu, Kevin R. Gehringer, Craig W. Hedman, Bruce R. Lippke).

The National Commission on Science for Sustainable Forestry (NCSSF) sponsored the research described in this report. The National Council on Science and the Environment (NCSE) conducts the NCSSF program with support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Surdna Foundation, and the National Forest Foundation.

Factors Influencing Understory Douglas-fir Vigor in Multi-Cohort Prairie Colonization Stands at Fort Lewis, Washington; Report to Fort Lewis Forestry Program
(June 2005 by Derick Churchill).

Forest stands on Fort Lewis, Washington are being managed for multiple values under an uneven-age silvicultural system that relies on natural regeneration. In stands that were former prairies and have well drained, outwash soils, Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) is the only understory conifer present and the principal regeneration species. Managers wanted an assessment of the vigor of the existing Douglas-fir regeneration to determine whether it is a viable source for replacement trees as well as management recommendations to ensure that the silvicultural system is sustainable.

Options for Cedar Mill Waste Utilization and Disposal in Western Clallam and Jefferson Counties
( June 2005 by C. Larry Mason, John Calhoun, Bruce Lippke).

This report represents a synthesis of information provided from many sources including a review of available literature, pertinent state and federal laws, interviews with individuals, companies, and other organizations. The goal of this investigation, as requested by the Clallam County Economic Development Council, has been to identify environmentally and economically responsible approaches to ensure the viability of this the shake and shingle industry in western Clallam County. While the geographical focus of this work has been narrow, it is the belief of the authors that information contained within the following pages will have broader applicability.

An Examination of the WA DNR Timber Sales Program Against a Backdrop of Changing Regional Infrastructure and a Growing Forest Health Crisis
(April 2005 by C. Larry Mason).

Forest health harvesting activities to remove excess fuel loads from overstocked stands conducted within DNR forests in eastern Washington are expected to produce merchantable timber volumes of 25-35 million board feet Scribner (MMBF) per year for the next 5-7 years. As yet undetermined volumes of trees too small for most DNR timber purchasers will also be removed to reduce current fuel loads. Other recent adjustments to the DNR timber sale program such as the recent recalculation of the annual sustainable harvest and amendments to the State Habitat Conservation Plan are expected to result in additional increases of 100 to 150 MMbf in annual timber sales volumes as compared to recent years. Important to the success of forest health harvest activities will be the development of effective strategies for the sale of logs removed.

Working Paper: Economic Impacts of the Forests and Fish Rules on Small, NIPF Landowners (Ten Western Washington Case Studies).

(Revise in July 2003 by Kevin Zobrist).

The purpose of this study is to examine the economic impacts of Washington's FFR on small forest landowners through a series of case studies. The preliminary results of three Western Washington case studies have been presented in Zobrist and Lippke (2003). This paper presents the final results of these three case studies and seven additional Western Washington case studies. A companion study for Eastern Washington is also available (Oneil 2003).

Investigation of Alternative Strategies for Design, Layout and Administration of Fuel Removal Projects. (This report was presented to the Community Assistance and Economic Action Program within the Multi-Agency National Fire Plan.)

(June 2003 by Larry Mason, Heather Rogers, Bruce Lippke, Kevin Ceder, Tom Bloxton, Jeffrey Comnick, Jim McCarter, Kevin Zobrist).

This report develops analysis components for effective fire risk reduction strategies to help professionals, publics, and policy-makers gain a better understanding of the current circumstances and alternatives.

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