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Identifying Suitable National Forest Timberlands: A Case Study

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Abstract:

About 15 percent of a 624,200-acre land unit on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in northern California is both capable of and suitable for timber production under screening criteria required by the National Forest Management Act of 1976. Economic submarginality is not the principal cause of unsuitability: only about 3 percent of the unit's capable timberlands are economically inefficient. Instead, capability screens and the timber production goals are the primary determinants of suitability. Productivity and regenerability standards alone disqualify two-fifths of the area; and another two-fifths would not be needed to meet current programmed harvest.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Professor of Forestry and Chairman, Department of Forestry and Resource Management, University of California, Berkeley

Publication date: 1982-11-01

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