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Hybrid Poplar in the Pacific Northwest: The Effects of Market-Driven Management

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Hybrid poplar is a new addition to the Northwest's agricultural economy, with over 50,000 acres currently in production. Originally conceived as feedstock for the energy industry, poplar has been grown primarily as raw material for the paper business. However with falling prices for wood chips, efforts are now under way to manage poplar for the solid wood market. Poplar's utility also extends to its use in the treatment of municipal and industrial wastewater, nutrient removal from agricultural runoff, and phytoremediation of industrial landfills. Future applications are likely to exploit its carbon sequestration ability in the developing markets for tradable pollution credits.

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

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Director Tree Improvement Operations Greenwood Resources, 349 NW 7th Avenue, Camas, WA, 98607, 2: Plant Materials Manager Potlatch Corporation, Boardman, Oregon 3: Associate Professor of Intensive Forestry Washington State University, Puyallup 4: Director Farm Operations Greenwood Resources, Camas, Washington 5: Consulting Services Manager Broadacres Nursery, Hubbard, Oregon 6: Wildlife Biologist Potlatch Corporation, Boardman, Oregon

Publication date: June 1, 2002

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