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Twenty Years of Management in a Small Woodlot of Southern Michigan

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A 10-acre mixed hardwood stand that was initially fairly even aged has been managed for 20 years on a 5-year cutting cycle. Net annual growth has averaged 327 board feet per acre. At current stumpage prices, the annual value of harvested products--veneer and sawlogs, and fuelwood--is $43.90 per acre. Although the traditional uneven-aged diameter distribution has not been achieved yet, the present stand can sustain several more cyclic cuts at five-year intervals at approximately the same intensity as in the past. Diameter distribution and stand volume will need to be monitored closely, however, to assess the level of periodic cutting which ingrowth from reproduced trees will permit on a long-term basis.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Research Assistant in the Same Department when the Article was Written; is now Forester, Alabama Forestry Commission, Montgomery

Publication date: October 1, 1982

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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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