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Plantation Productivity in the Douglas-Fir Region Under Intensive Silvicultural Practices: Results from Research and Operations

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This article reviews major plantation silvicultural practices used in the westside Douglas-fir region of Oregon and Washington: origin, growth and yield impacts, and the region's global competitive status for productivity, tree-growing costs, and returns. Two main messages emerge: (1) there has been great progress in the region to increase wood yield and shorten rotations; and (2) opportunity remains strong for this region to become even more competitive, although it will require challenging current beliefs and norms and an increased collective will and focused sense of urgency.

Keywords: Douglas-fir; Pacific Northwest; environmental management; fertilization; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; growth and yield; intensive management; investment returns; natural resource management; natural resources; plantations; planting stock; productivity; thinning; tree growing costs; tree improvement; vegetation control

Document Type: Regular Article

Affiliations: 1: Director of Forestry Weyerhaeuser Company, “CH2D25” PO Box 9777 Federal Way WA 98063-9777, Email: 2: Research Forester Pacific Northwest Research Station USDA Forest Service 3625 93rd Avenue SW Olympia WA 98512-9193, Email:

Publication date: 2005-03-01

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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.

    2015 Impact Factor: 1.476
    Ranking: 22 of 66 in forestry

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