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RS20985 - Stewardship Contracting for the National Forests (pdf)

10-Aug-2001; Ross Gorte; 6 p.

Abstract: Many forests, especially the national forests, are widely thought to have unnaturally high amounts of dead and dying trees, dense undergrowth, and dense stands of small trees. This biomass can exacerbate insect and disease infestations and wildfire threats. Because much of this biomass has little or no commercial value, some have proposed stewardship contracting to reduce these threats. Two approaches have been suggested: traditional service procurement contracts and contracts that include exchanging goods (timber) for stewardship services. Congress has debated authorizing these goods-for-services contracts for several years, but to date has only authorized several pilot tests. This report discusses the advantages and limitations of each of these approaches. It will be updated only if legislation is enacted to alter stewardship contracting authorities. [read report]

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