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New Estimates of Central and Eastern U.S. Hardwood Lumber Production

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New estimates of hardwood lumber production are higher than the widely used production statistics released by the U.S. Department of Commerce. These estimates were developed through use of Forest Service timber product output studies, state tax records, and state level sawmill surveys. The analysis also indicates that hardwood lumber production was higher in 1986 than at any time during the last 20 years and that hardwood lumber production is increasing in the northern regions relative to the southern regions. Because of underreporting, the returns from management investments in quality northern forest sites could be undervalued. This undervaluation could discourage forest investment and, ironically, could result in even higher long-term prices. North. J. Appl. For. 6:120-123, September 1989.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station, Rt. 2, Box 562-B, Princeton, WV 24740

Publication date: 1989-09-01

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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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