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Private Timberlands: Growing Demands, Shrinking Land Base

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By 2050, US timberland area is projected to be about 3 percent smaller than today due to increasing demands for urban and related land uses from another 126 million people. An increasing area of southern planted pine will be accompanied by a reduction in the area of upland hardwoods. Hardwoods will continue to dominate the forested landscape in the South. Plantation growth rates will increase by 38 percent, and plantation fiber output will increase by 289 percent to reach 61 percent of private softwood removals volume.

Keywords: economics; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; industry; inventory; natural resource management; natural resources; nonindustrial private forestland; timber

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Research Forester Pacific Northwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service, 3200 SW Jefferson Way, Corvallis, OR, 97331, 2: Research Forester Pacific Northwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service, Portland, Oregon 3: Research Forester Northeastern Research Station, USDA Forest Service, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania

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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