The Impact of Public Harvest in the USA on North American Timber and Product Markets

  • Darius M. Adams
  • Richard W. Haynes
Part of the Managing Forest Ecosystems book series (MAFE, volume 14)

The role of public timberlands in regional and national timber supply has been the subject of controversy for decades. Public harvest in the USA rose during the 1960s and 1970s as timber management programs were established to meet rising domestic wood needs. Harvest fell sharply in the 1990s as management focus shifted toward the provision of ecosystem services. The Timber Assessment Projection System is employed to examine what might have happened if public cut had not fallen in the 1990s and what could happen in the future if a program of restoration thinning were implemented on the national forests. Results of these simulations are consistent with past analyses in showing the importance of substitution across regions, owners, and products in damping the impacts of public cut changes at the national level, even though local effects may be large.


Public Land National Forest Timber Supply Timber Market Stumpage Price 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. Abt K, Prestemon J (2006) Timber markets and fuel treatments in the western U.S. Natural Resource Modeling 19(1):15-44Google Scholar
  2. Adams DM, Binkley CS, Cardellichio PA (1991) Is the level of national forest timber harvest sensitive to price? Land Econ 67(1):74-84CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Adams DM, Darr DR, Haynes RW (1976) Potential responses of softwood markets to the Monongahela decision. J Forest 74(10):668-670Google Scholar
  4. Adams DM, Haynes RW (1989) A model of national forest timber supply and stumpage markets in the Western United States. Forest Sci 35(2):401-424Google Scholar
  5. Adams DM, Haynes RW, Darr DR (1977) Wood products consumers, producers, and national forest timber flow policy. J Forest 75(10):648-649, 666Google Scholar
  6. Adams DM, Latta GS (2005) Costs and regional impacts of restoration thinning programs on the national forests in Eastern Oregon. Can J Forest Res 35 (6):1319-1330CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. Forest Ecosystem Management Assessment Team [FEMAT] (1993) Forest ecosystem management: an ecological, economic, and social assessment. USDA, USDI [and others], Portland, ORGoogle Scholar
  8. Fried JS, Christensen G, Weyermann D, Barbour RJ, Fight R, Hiserote B, Pinjuv G (2005) Modeling opportunities and feasibility of siting wood-fired electrical generating facilities to facilitate landscape-scale fuel treatment with FIA BioSum. In: Bevers M, Barrett TM, (comps) Systems analysis in forest resources: proceedings of the 2003 Symposium; October 7-9, Stevenson, WA. Gen Tech Rep PNW-GTR-656. USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, Portland, OR, pp195-204Google Scholar
  9. Haynes RW, Adams DM (1979) Impacts of RAREII withdrawals on softwood prices, consumption and production. J Forest 78(4):230-233Google Scholar
  10. Healthy Forests Restoration Act [HFRA] (2003) Act of December 3, 2003. HR 1904Google Scholar
  11. Smith WB, Miles PD, Vissage JS, Pugh SA (2004) Forest resources of the United States, 2002. Gen Tech Rep NC-241. USDA Forest Service, North Central Research Station, St. Paul, MNGoogle Scholar
  12. USDA Forest Service [USDA FS] (1958) Timber resources for America’s future. Forest Resour Rep 14. GPO, Washington DCGoogle Scholar
  13. USDA Forest Service [USDA FS] (2005) A strategic assessment of forest biomass and fuel reduction treatments in Western States. Gen Tech Rep RMRS-GTR149. USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fort Collins, COGoogle Scholar
  14. Wear DN, Murray BC (2004) Federal timber restrictions, interregional spillovers, and the impact on U.S. softwood markets. J Environ Econ Manag 47(2):307-330CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Darius M. Adams
    • 1
  • Richard W. Haynes
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Forest ResourcesOregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA
  2. 2.USDA Forest ServicePacific Northwest Research StationPortlandUSA

Personalised recommendations