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Issues in Forest Restoration: Full Cost Accounting of the 2010 Schultz Fire

Combrink, T. and Cothran, C. and Fox, W. and Peterson, J. and Snider, G.B. (2013) Issues in Forest Restoration: Full Cost Accounting of the 2010 Schultz Fire. Other. NAU Ecological Restoration Institute.


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The Schultz Fire of 2010 burned just over 15,000 forested acres and caused the evacuation of hundreds of homes. Heavy floods followed the fire, resulting in extensive damage to property downstream from the charred hillsides. Nearly three years later, seasonal flooding is still a concern and residents continue to live under the threat of swift floodwaters that may carve unanticipated pathways through their sloping neighborhoods. Official reports form city, county, state, and federal governments have listed response and mitigation costs of the fire and flood at nearly $60 million. This study adds to those costs, exploring the impacts on private property owners, as well as societal costs that are often overlooked when quantifying the full impact of disasters. Through analysis of Coconino County Assessor’s records, a survey of residents in the fire/flood impact area, and the perceived value of both endangered species habitat and human life, this study conservatively estimates the total impact of the Schultz Fire at between $133 million and $147 million.

Item Type: Monograph (Other)
Keywords: ERI Library, white paper, Issues in forest Restoration, Schultz Fire
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
S Agriculture > SD Forestry
Department/Unit: Research Centers > Ecological Restoration Institute
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2015 22:17
URI: http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/1282

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