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Evaluation of management alternatives for an undeveloped, forested area in Oregon's coast range Public Deposited

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  • One of the most vexing problems facing the United States Forest Service in Western Oregon concerns its management of undeveloped forested lands. Many of these areas contain highly productive timberland, and restriction of timber harvesting to preserve the land's primitive character can be very costly. Also there are conflicting pressures over recreation development. This study examines possible uses of a 12,500 acre, largely undeveloped tract on the Siuslaw National Forest. The tract, centered on an unroaded stretch of a stream called Drift Creek, contains productive timberland and a scenic, wild stream. After selection of the Study Area, alternatives are developed to reflect a range of choice for the Forest Service in timber and recreation management. The new Forest Service visual management system is used to describe the visual quality standards for the Study Area under each alternative. Also, a number of measures of objective attainment are developed to enable measurement of the benefits and costs associated with each alternative. A large portion of the study is devoted to estimating the cost of restricting timber harvests to preserve the primitive character of the Study Area. These costs are estimated, for a number of stumpage demand patterns, under current Forest Service procedures for determining harvest levels, and also when demand is expressly used as the driving force in setting harvest levels.
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