Economic Analysis of a Short-Rotation Fiber Production System for Hybrid Poplar

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The cost of producing and harvesting a ton of fiber was evaluated for three hybrid poplar clones planed on abandoned fields in central Pennsylvania. From unit weight yields and investments necessary for establishment, culture, and harvest, the lowest cost per ton in two rotations over a 7-year period was for clone NE-388 trees planted at 5.0 square feet per tree. Total tree utilization of stemwood, bark, and branches would yield 35.1 oven-dried tons at a cost of $8.24 per ton. Costs would be reduced if the plantations were fertilized.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Professor of Silviculture, School of Forest Resources, Pennsylvania State University

Publication date: November 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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