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Growing Stock, Cutting Age, and Sustained Yield

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Abstract:

Better understanding of the nation's forest situation requires an appraisal of present stand in relation to the volume of growing stock' needed to sustain prospective timber requirements. This paper points out that for a given level of output the required growing stock is a function of cutting age and may be expressed as a multiple of the yield. Growing-stock ratios, deduced from available yield tables and assumptions as to average cutting ages, indicate that the poorly distributed volume of timber we now have is not greater than the well-distributed volume of growing stock we shall need in order to maintain the current level of output, to say nothing of attaining a larger potential yield. Contrary to popular opinion, the author's calculations indicate that the growing stock deficit in the East is most serious in southern pine.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Assistant to the Chief, Forest Service, U. S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D. C.

Publication date: July 1, 1945

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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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