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Site Characteristics and Preparation Practices Influence Costs of Hand-Planting Southern Pine

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Analyses of 67 planting contracts covering 11,344 acres on eight southern national forests and six corporate ownerships yielded an equation that explained 79 percent of the variation in hand-planting cost. Planting contracts for between 140 and 250 acres were the most expensive. Diseconomies of scale for both small and large planting contractors overlapped in this range. Number of machine passes and broadcast burning cost measured site-preparation intensity. Planting cost per acre was reduced $5.21 for every machine pass and $0.27 for every dollar spent on broadcast burning. National forests paid $15.59 per acre more to plant their sites than industries paid.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Principal Economist, Forest Resource Law and Economics Project, USDA Forest Service, Southern Forest Experiment Station, New Orleans, LA 70113

Publication date: 1984-02-01

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