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Is This the Age of Intensive Management? A Study of Loblolly Pine on Georgia's Piedmont

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Using data for loblolly pine from Georgia's Piedmont, we find that, although the transition from natural to artificial regeneration leads to increased and better distributed stems, the control of competing vegetation results in a dramatic boost to the growth rate from previous- to current-generation plantations. Our results indicate that the marginal returns of forest management are increasing rather than diminishing; the more intensive the management, the better its economic performance. These findings suggest that intensive management represents a major technical change and bodes well for the future of commercial forestry in the South.

Keywords: economics; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; herbicides; natural resource management; natural resources; plantation forestry; silviculture

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Assistant Professor Department of Forestry, Michigan State University, 126 Natural Resources, East Lansing, MI, 48824-1222, 2: Director Forest Economics and Policy Program, Resources for the Future, Washington, DC

Publication date: December 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.
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