Timber Losses from Military Use of Herbicides on the Inland Forests of South Vietnam

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An evaluation of the effect of military use of herbicides on the inland forests of South Vietnam concluded that the damage, though significant, was considerably less than estimates made by earlier sources who had access to less complete information resulting in erroneous assumptions. This study, relying on analysis of extensive aerial photograph coverage before and during and after the use of herbicides in combination with ground truth information from similar forests from neighboring countries and utilization standards developed from a special study of Vietnamese mills, estimated the unsalvaged loss of currently merchantable timber on the order of .5-2.0 million cubic meters of roundwood. An additional 5.6-11.9 million cubic meters of noncommercial species trees, immature commercial trees, and crownwood were estimated as lost. These estimates compare favorably with the summation estimates made in dependently by South Vietnamese district and provincial foresters.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Scientific Programmer of the College of Forest Resources, University of Washington, Seattle

Publication date: April 1, 1975

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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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