Forest Management in the 21st Century: Changing Numbers, Changing Context

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Results from the fifth Resources Planning Act (RPA) Timber Assessment suggest that we face a future nearly the reverse of that anticipated in the Forest Service's first post–World War II assessment completed five decades ago, with a growing abundance of softwoods but a regionally restricted supply of hardwoods. Both the bulk of the softwood harvest expansion and the set of limitations in hardwood supply are in the US South. Assessment results also provide insights on trends in some measures of sustainable forest management, timber supply complexities in western forest health issues on public lands, the impacts of forest fragmentation, and the preeminence of private lands in national timber supply.

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: Program Manager Pacific Northwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service, PO Box 3890 Portland, OR, 97208,

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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