Banner for LabNotes
From Lab Notes
Contact Information
Forest Products Laboratory
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI 53726-2398
Phone: (608) 231-9200
Fax: (608) 231-9592
Email

 

You are here: FPL Home  / Information Products & Services  / Publications

Requested Product

Title: Design and Objectives of FTM-West Model

Source: In: Fuels Management-How to Measure Success: Conference Proceedings; 28-30 March 2006; Portland, OR; Rocky Mountain Research Station Proceedings; RMRS-P-41

Author(s)Ince, Spelter

Publication Year: 2006  View PDF »

Category: Journal Articles

Abstract: The FTM-West ('fuel treatment market' model for U.S. West) is a dynamic partial market equilibrium model of regional softwood timber and wood product markets, designed to project future market impacts of expanded fuel treatment programs that remove trees to reduce fire hazard on forestlands in the U.S. West. The model solves sequentially the annual equilibria in wood markets from 1997 to 2004 and projects annual equilibria from 2005 to 2020 using detailed assumptions about future thinning programs and market trends. FTM-West was designed specifically to account for economic complexities that stem from unconventional size distributions of trees and logs removed in thinning operations (compared with conventional timber supply in the West). Tree size directly influences market value and harvest cost per unit volume of wood; log size influences product yield, production capacity, and processing costs at sawmills and plywood mills. FTM-West provides a tool to evaluate future market scenarios for large-scale fuel treatment programs with various thinning regimes that may have varying costs and yield wood with divergent size class distributions. The model provides a capability to analyze and project how much harvestable wood the markets can absorb from thinning programs over time and the regional timber price and timber harvest impacts of expanded thinning under various assumptions about fuel treatment program subsidy or administrative costs, variations in thinning regime, or alternative projections of future product demands across the spectrum of products ranging from wood fuel to lumber, plywood, and wood fiber products.

Keywords: fuel treatments, market impacts, size-class distribution, economics

File size: 1,550 kb(s)

Date posted: 06/18/2009
Current FPL Scientist associated with this product
Spelter, Henry N.
Economist (Volunteer)
  

Additional items that might interest you
View the video celebrating FPL's 100 years of public service in 2010, from the producers of the Greatest Good....view

Research Highlights from FPL....view

Termite Eradication: A search for the Holy Grail.... view

Moisture Management in Residential Construction Series videos...view

Wood Floor Systems in Residential Construction Series videos....view
- FPL's Mission and Strategic Plan -

FPL's mission is to identify and conduct innovative wood and fiber utilization research that contributes to conservation and productivity of the forest resource, thereby sustaining forests, the economy, and quality of life. ... ..more »

- FPL Research Emphasis Areas -
Advanced Composites

As an integral part of the FPL mission, we improve the long-term sustainability of our Nation's forests by creating valuable composite products from biobased materials ... ..more »


Advanced Structures

The FPL has been in the forefront of wood-frame housing research since 1910 and has long been recognized as a world leader in such housing-related areas as engineered wood ... ..more »


Forest Biorefinery

We all know the compelling reasons that the United States needs to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels. Historically, the greatest increases in energy demand have been for transportation fuels ... ..more »


Nanotechnology

A leader in wood products research for over a century, the FPL is positioning itself to become the lead Federal research facility for the application of nanotechnology in forest products ... more »


Woody Biomass Utilization

Forests in the United States contain a substantial amount of small-diameter, overstocked, and underutilized material.FPL research projects are exploring the potential of the small-diameter ... ..more »