The Effects of Harvesting Practices on West Virginia's Wood Supply
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.
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Document Type: Journal Article
Affiliations: Associate Professor, Division of Forestry, West Virginia University, PO Box 6125, Morgantown 26506-6125
Publication date: 01 May 1998