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Timber Resources and Utilization

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Of 229 million acres inventoried in interior Alaska, 105.8 million acres are forest land. Forests of potential commercial value comprise 22.5 million acres with a total growing stock of 14.25 billion cubic feet of white spruce, paper birch, quaking aspen, and balsam poplar. The potential of the interior forests compares favorably with that of the Lake States, where stands in Minnesota average 574 cubic feet per acre as compared to 634 cubic feet per acre in interior Alaska. About 50 small sawmills now operate to supply local markets plus some beginning export of chips and cants.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Forest Products Specialist, Division of State and Private Forestry, Alaska Region, Forest Service, Anchorage

Publication date: June 1, 1976

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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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