The Small Mill--Its Awakening and Development

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More than one-half of the lumber production of the South comes from small more or less portable mills. A mill may be moved and set up for as little as 200,000 board feet. Most of the timber is second growth and comes from the cut-over lands of past large operators though more commonly from farmers' woodlots. Most of it is hardly ripe for the saw. The small mill has distinct advantages which assure its continuance as an important factor in the lumber industry; it also has decided disadvantages which in the aggregate tend to demoralize lumber markets. The author's discussion of these factors from a lumberman's standpoint indicates what problems the forester has to contend with to advance the practice of forestry on small holdings.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Assistant Secretary, Southern Pine Association, New Orleans, La.

Publication date: February 1, 1932

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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