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Notes: Comparing Management Alternatives with Low and High Energy Input Levels for Florida Slash Pine Plantations

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Abstract:

Management regimes with high and low energy input levels are analyzed in terms of productivity and before-tax profitability using a linear programming harvest scheduling model for a typical Florida pine plantation. For this test case, it is concluded that low energy management regimes may generally result in lowered productivity and profitability. It is also concluded that low energy regeneration techniques may be becoming more economically efficient as energy costs rise, but with the costs assumed here, energy-intensive harvesting techniques are still more efficient than low energy alternatives. Forest Sci. 29:78-84.

Keywords: Harvest scheduling; energy inputs; forestry operations research

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: Assistant Professor, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, University of Florida, Gainesville

Publication date: March 1, 1983

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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.
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