World Forestry: Forest Resources in Japan

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The forests occupy 25 million hectares, two-thirds of the land area. Types range from subalpine to subtropical. Forty-one percent of the total forest area is in national and other public holdings, and the rest is privately owned.

Some 12.7 million hectares are considered suitable for plantations; of this, bout 9 million have already been planted, chiefly in the last 25 years and largely to softwoods. As the plantations are still too young to harvest. Japan has had to increase her imports, even though domestic consumption has slowed down.

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Publication date: February 1, 1980

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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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