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Optimum Stocking of a Selection Forest

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In installing a many-aged or all-aged silvicultural system, the forest manager typically starts with an understocked stand of timber. One of his objectives, therefore, is to build up the growing stock. He does this by harvesting only a part of the growth, leaving the rest to accumulate. How far should he increase the timber volume? At what point may he look forward to cutting the whole growth rather than reserving any more of it? In other words, what is the optimum stocking?
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Forest economist, Southern Forest Experiment Station, U. S. Forest Service, New Orleans, La.

Publication date: 01 January 1952

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