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A Timber Harvesting Model With Variable Rotation Lengths

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A generalization of the Faustmann soil rent model is offered which allows for changing rotation lengths over time. Optimization conditions are analyzed and a solution procedure suggested. The variable rotation length model is used to determine whether the Faustmann formulation can be modified or used in situations where prices and production costs vary temporally. Results from both constant and variable rotation models and from an alternative proposed by Bare and Waggener are compared for loblolly pine plantations in the Mid-Atlantic region. Forest Sci. 30:511-523.

Keywords: Faustmann model; Timber rotation; economic optimization

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland 20742

Publication date: June 1, 1984

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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.

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