The Fifth Resources Planning Act Timber Assessment: A Critical Tool for Sound Stewardship

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Abstract:

For the past century, national assessments of supply-and-demand trends for timber have helped shape perceptions of future commodity consumption and have guided forest policy. Trends and projections since 1952 consistently have shown rising forest products consumption and changing sources of timber supplies. The current assessment envisions forest products consumption rising 42 percent by 2050 and marked shifts in the extent and location of domestic and imported supplies. Prospective shifts include a temporary near-term decline in US roundwood harvest and an increase in share of consumption from imports.

Keywords: economics; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; industry; natural resource management; natural resources; sustainable forestry

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Program Manager Pacific Northwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service, PO Box 3890 Portland, OR, 97208, rhaynes@fs.fed.us 2: Project Leader Forest Products Laboratory, USDA Forest Service, Madison, Wisconsin

Publication date: March 1, 2002

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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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