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Factors Affecting Financial Returns from Hardwood Tree Improvement

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A preliminary economic analysis of hardwood tree improvement suggests that tree improvement is most likely to be profitable for hardwood species that grow rapidly, produce large quantities of seed, and have higher-than-average market values. Black cherry and paper birch were attractive tree-improvement investments, but very large genetic gains would be required to justify costs for red oak. A second finding was that tree improvement would pay only when combined with a program of intensive silviculture.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Principal Silviculturist, Northeastern Forest Exp. Sta., U.S. Forest Service, Warren, Pa.

Publication date: February 1, 1973

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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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