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Stem Form and Lumber Yield: Long-Term Effects of Thinning and Pruning

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Though stem form and taper greatly affect the amount of recoverable lumber in a tree, little work has been conducted on the long-term effects of thinning and pruning on stem form and lumber yield. The work described suggests that long after treatment neither stem form nor the bf/ft³ conversion ratio is affected by thinning and/or pruning. It is apparent that all of the merchantable volume increase induced by thinning will be recovered in the sawn lumber, but pruning does not appear to be a viable method for producing more cylindrical logs and increasing the conversion ratio. North. J. Appl. For. 5:56-58, March 1988.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: University of Missouri, School of Forestry, Fisheries, and Wildlife, 1-31 Agriculture Building, Columbia, Missouri 65211

Publication date: 1988-03-01

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