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Can Intensive Management Make up the Harvest Lost when Roadless Areas Are Left Undeveloped?

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A study of seven western national forests revealed that reallocation of funds from roadless area development to timber management intensification on accessible lands would not make up the harvest lost if the roadless areas were left undeveloped. With harvesting restricted to the accessible area, the amount of land available for timber harvesting and the constraints of multiple use generally limited the harvest level more than did capital available for management intensification. Along with some losses in possible harvest, concentrating timber production on accessible lands will have a number of financial and environmental effects.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Forest Economist, Pacific Northwest Forest and Range Experiment Station, USDA Forest Service, Portland, Oregon

Publication date: March 1, 1979

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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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