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Demonstrating Timber Management Practices Through Audience Participation

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A procedure is described for having an audience participate in a demonstration of timber management. It is designed to let the members of the audience discover the rationale for the management practices, while maintaining their interest and attention. The audience is asked to help simulate a forest, and each person receives a unique work sheet containing growth and yield information for an individual tree. The benefits of thinning or selection cutting are demonstrated by "harvesting" some of the simulated trees and "growing" the forest for 10 years. The demonstration illustrates the effects of competition on the survival and growth of individual trees, and touches on some economic aspects of timber management.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Assistant Professor, Department of Forestry, University of Wisconsin, Madison 53706

Publication date: May 1, 1983

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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.

    2015 Impact Factor: 1.476
    Ranking: 22 of 66 in forestry

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