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The Effects of Harvesting Practices on West Virginia's Wood Supply

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The status of West Virginia's timber resource was assessed by comparing preharvest and postharvest stand structures of 99 recent harvests. Stands were classified according to silvicultural practice and their potential for production of high-quality sawlogs. Results indicate that West Virginia's forest owners focus on extracting sawtimber. Only 27 stands could sustain another commercial sawlog harvest in the current rotation. Because local demand for low-grade logs and pulpwood is increasing, in the next forest rotation there exist opportunities for landowners to abandon diameter-limit sales in favor of more productive, managed forests.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Associate Professor, Division of Forestry, West Virginia University, PO Box 6125, Morgantown 26506-6125

Publication date: May 1, 1998

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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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