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Lighter Cuts and Larger Yields in Ponderosa Pine

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Ponderosa pine is one of the most widely distributed and one of the most important forest trees of North America. Information concerning its management and expected yields is, therefore, of broad interest. It has been found that the net annual increment for blackjack is around three per cent of the original volume and that for yellow pine the net increment is usually less than one per cent. In average stands of the Southwest an average volume of 4,000 board feet per acre may be expected to yield a net annual minimum of 80 to 100 board feet over a period of twenty years. Increasing the reserve will raise the net increment only to the extent that the additional growing stock is made up of thrifty trees below 30 inches d.b.h. and so situated as to utilize growing space normally left vacant by heavier cutting.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Southwestern Forest and Range Experiment Station

Publication date: August 1, 1938

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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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