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Which Criterion? Effect of Choice of the Criterion on Forest Management Plans

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Forest managers of profit-oriented firms usually develop management plans which will maximize profit in some sense. A basic question facing the forest manager is the choice of the criterion for maximization. Implicit in the choice of the criterion are certain assumptions. The two most widely used criteria, net present value and internal rate of return, are compared and contrasted. The sensitivity of the optimum management plan to the choice of criteria is analyzed for a typical southern industrial forest. The results indicate the optimum rotation age is more sensitive to changes in factors such as stumpage rates and annual fixed costs if the rate-of-return criterion is maximized. Forest Sci. 18:292-297.

Keywords: Rate of return; net present value; rotation age

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Associate Professor of Forest Resources and Finance at the University of Georgia

Publication date: December 1, 1972

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  • Forest Science is a peer-reviewed journal publishing fundamental and applied research that explores all aspects of natural and social sciences as they apply to the function and management of the forested ecosystems of the world. Topics include silviculture, forest management, biometrics, economics, entomology & pathology, fire & fuels management, forest ecology, genetics & tree improvement, geospatial technologies, harvesting & utilization, landscape ecology, operations research, forest policy, physiology, recreation, social sciences, soils & hydrology, and wildlife management.
    Forest Science is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December.

    2015 Impact Factor: 1.702
    Ranking: 16 of 66 in forestry

    Also published by SAF:
    Journal of Forestry
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