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The Marginal Lands Provision

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Identifying national forestlands unsuited for timber production is a yet-to-be-completed task of implementing the National Forest Management Act. As a general criterion for decision-making, the authors propose maximization of net public benefits. These are direct benefit from timber production net of direct costs and equal to or greater than the opportunity costs incurred in creating the benefits. This criterion can be extended to take into account contending multiple-use values, lands that have commercially valuable timber on them but are marginal in terms of site capabilities for growing new crops, and situations where marginal and productive lands are intermingled.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Associate professor, Washington State University, Pullman

Publication date: 1979-01-01

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