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Two Farmers Practice Classical Forestry in New York State

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With the help of Cornell University extension foresters, a father and son in New York State have been managing their 15-acre woodlot during the past 30 years in a manner closely approximating that of Biolley's famous Methode du Controle. Since 1932, each of three compartments has been visited for improvement cuttings. A comparison between the stand before management began and after the annual marking in the fall of 1961 is presented for one compartment. Some 10,200 cubic feet of material was removed in periodic cuttings over the years, reducing the proportion of inferior species from one-third to one-fourteenth of total volume. Due mainly to changes in species composition and size-class distribution, stumpage value of the compartment (at 1961 prices) has been increased by $1,160 during the period of management. If inflation is also taken into consideration, the value difference is $2,880. In addition $1,700 worth of lumber and fuelwood was removed in the periodic cuttings. Since the owners sold or used the firewood they manufactured, they received many times the stumpage value of the material removed. Labor earned from 57ยข an hour in the 1930's to as much as $4.40 an hour in the 1950's.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Extension Forester with the New York State College of Agriculture at Cornell University, Ithaca

Publication date: February 1, 1963

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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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