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Options for Reducing "Waste" in the Management of Old-Growth Forests

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Some critics of the USDA Forest Service's timber management policies claim that retention of old-growth is "wasteful" because replanting to more productive stands is precluded. Such other factors as political feasibility and resource self-sufficiency, however, weigh in favor of not accelerating the rate of old-growth harvesting. Three possible options for resolving the issue are to determine levels of nondeclining yield on a regional basis rather than by smaller local units, to intensify management of young stands, and to accelerate harvest of old growth but release the logs to market at a controlled rate.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Economist with the Land Use and Landscape Planning Methodology Research Project, Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station, USDA Forest Service, Berkeley, California

Publication date: 1977-11-01

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