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Global Perspectives on Intensively Managed Plantations: Implications for the Pacific Northwest

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Because of structural changes in the forest sector, the world increasingly relies on intensively managed plantations for its industrial timber supply. Pacific Northwest (PNW) forests are not immune to these same pressures. Increases in the availability of cheaper plantation-grown timber from other regions (e.g., the southern United States) will reduce the profitability of PNW forestry unless offsetting management actions are taken. But much of the land in the PNW has no better use, so it likely will remain forested, able to support a competitive forest products industry. Technological innovation can support profitable forestland ownership even if timber prices fall.

Keywords: Pacific Northwest; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; intensively managed plantations; natural resource management; natural resources

Document Type: Regular Article

Affiliations: 1: Managing Director Hancock Timber Resource Group 99 High Street, 26th Floor Boston MA 02110, Email: 2: Senior Forest Economist Hancock Timber Resource Group 99 High Street, 26th Floor Boston MA 02110, Email: 3: Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer Hancock Timber Resource Group 99 High Street, 26th Floor Boston MA 02110, Email: 4: Vice President Timberland Resources Boise Corporation 1111 West Jefferson Street Boise ID 83727-0001

Publication date: March 1, 2005

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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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