An Economic Classification of U.S. "Commercial" Forests

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"Commercial" forests as customarily defined by the USDA Forest Service include large areas which cannot be managed for economic production of wood under present or foreseeable conditions. An economically and environmentally defensible classification of forests is proposed, and illustrated by data drawn from two published sources. Economic Class A forests include less than a third of the "commercial" forest area in the United States but have most of the economic production potential.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Senior Fellow Emeritus, Resources for the Future, Washington, D.C.

Publication date: November 1, 1981

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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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