The Economics of Forest Disturbances

Wildfires, Storms, and Invasive Species

  • Thomas P. Holmes
  • Jeffrey P. Prestemon
  • Karen L. Abt

Part of the Forestry Sciences book series (FOSC, volume 79)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. The Economics and Ecology of Forest Disturbances

    1. Thomas P. Holmes, Jeffrey P. Prestemon, Karen L. Abt
      Pages 3-14
    2. Thomas P. Holmes, Robert J. Huggett Jr., John M. Pye
      Pages 15-32
  3. Forest Disturbance Processes

    1. Jeffrey P. Prestemon, D. Evan Mercer, John M. Pye
      Pages 35-58
    2. Thomas P. Holmes, Robert J. Huggett Jr., Anthony L. Westerling
      Pages 59-77
    3. David T. Butry, Marcia Gumpertz, Marc G. Genton
      Pages 79-106
    4. Anthony L. Westerling
      Pages 107-122
    5. Jeffrey P. Prestemon, David T. Butry
      Pages 123-147
  4. Valuing the Economic Impacts of Forest Disturbances

    1. Karen L. Abt, Robert J. Huggett Jr., Thomas P. Holmes
      Pages 151-166
    2. Jeffrey P. Prestemon, Thomas P. Holmes
      Pages 167-190
    3. Jeffrey Englin, Thomas P. Holmes, Janet Lutz
      Pages 191-208
    4. Robert J. Huggett Jr., Elizabeth A. Murphy, Thomas P. Holmes
      Pages 209-228
    5. John B. Loomis, Armando González-Cabán
      Pages 229-243
  5. Decision Making in Response to Forest Disturbances

    1. D. Evan Mercer, Robert G. Haight, Jeffrey P. Prestemon
      Pages 247-272
    2. Terry K. Haines, Cheryl R. Renner, Margaret A. Reams
      Pages 273-293
    3. Krista M. Gebert, David E. Calkin, Robert J. Huggett Jr., Karen L. Abt
      Pages 295-322
    4. Geoffrey H. Donovan, Thomas C. Brown, Lisa Dale
      Pages 323-340
    5. Karen L. Abt, Jeffrey P. Prestemon, Krista Gebert
      Pages 341-360
    6. Douglas B. Rideout, Yu Wei, Andy Kirsch, Stephen J. Botti
      Pages 361-380
    7. Thomas P. Holmes, Kathleen P. Bell, Brenna Byrne, Jeremy S. Wilson
      Pages 381-406
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 407-415

About this book


This book provides a unique, state-of-the-art review of both traditional and emerging themes in the economics of natural forest disturbances. Although natural disturbances such as wildfire, hurricanes and pests have long been recognized as important factors influencing the structure and health of forests, recent and dramatic increases in the costs and damages associated with forest disturbances necessitates a new evaluation of these processes. The authors show that neo-classical economic principles can be integrated with ecosystem analysis and modern econometric methods to uncover the causes and consequences of natural forest disturbances. The chapters encompass modern areas of concern in forest economics and policy, including temporal and spatial dynamics of economic-ecologic systems, risk-reducing mitigation and adaptation strategies, and the valuation of impacts on market and non-market resources. These topics are developed with case studies demonstrating rigorous empirical analysis with a policy-oriented focus. The book is intended for forest policy analysts and decision-makers, risk managers, forest economists and graduate students studying natural resource economics.


Hurricanes Invasive species Natural resource economics Risk analysis Wildfires ecology ecosystem forest forest policy pest management production

Editors and affiliations

  • Thomas P. Holmes
    • 1
  • Jeffrey P. Prestemon
    • 1
  • Karen L. Abt
    • 1
  1. 1.Southern Research StationUSDA Forest ServiceResearch Triangle ParkUSA

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