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Thinning and Growth: A Full Turnaround

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Is it possible to increase natural growth of forest stands by judicious removal of some trees? This question inspired generations of foresters to design and test many methods of thinning, invent the ultimate arbiter of forest science–permanent plots–and develop much of this science to boot. From the initial feeling that our actions can only undermine the plentitude of undisturbed forests, we went through several more assertive stances only to return to the original belief. In the process, we have realized that we are interested mostly in the value of forest output rather than in its quantity, and that the method to maximize this value is yet to be discovered.

Keywords: environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; history; natural resource management; natural resources; optimal density; permanent plots; silviculture; thinning

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: Professor School of Forest Resources, University of Arkansas at Monticello, Monticello, AR, 71656-3468,

Publication date: January 1, 2001

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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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