Study: Utah would miss out on economic benefits of timber salvage

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 22 2013 5:00 p.m. MDT

Lawmakers passed a joint resolution in the 2013 legislative session emphasizing the right of local government to respond to situations on federal land that pose a risk to public health and safety, citing two specific wildfires from the 2012 season that they said lacked appropriate federal management.

Researchers note in the study that it only examined a course of action in the context of timber markets and how states and markets would fare economically, but other considerations could be evaluated.

"There are other factors that come into play aside from having the infrastructure in place," such as timber mills, said Zoe Hoyle, with the Forest Service's Southern Research Station.

"It could be a positive decision in states if it provides fire risk reduction, improves forest health and provides jobs," she said.


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