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Small-Woodlot Management by Single-Tree Selection: 21-Year Results

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In 1958, a case study was established to determine the economic benefits and improvements in quality that could be attained in a previously unmanaged stand of northern hardwoods by using the single-tree selection system. The average net earnings realized per man-hour from three harvests on a 55-acre woodlot, in 1982 dollars, were $7.82, $11.95, and $16.33, respectively. Annual growth of sawlog residuals increased from 119 to 138 board feet per acre. The initial cull of 25% in sawlog trees was reduced to 12%. Board foot volume of growing stock increased by 83% in grade 1 and 3.5% in grade 2 trees, but decreased 8.1% in grade 3 trees. Study results indicate that many unmanaged woodlots have the potential for producing revenue, while allowing the owner to manage for esthetic and multiple-use objectives at the same time. North. J. Appl. For. 1:69-71, Dec. 1984

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Ford Forestry Center, Michigan Technological University, L'Anse, MI 49946

Publication date: 1984-12-01

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  • Each regional journal of applied forestry focuses on research, practice, and techniques targeted to foresters and allied professionals in specific regions of the United States and Canada. The Northern Journal of Applied Forestry covers northeastern, midwestern, and boreal forests in the United States and Canada.
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