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Economics of Red Pine Management for Utility Pole Timber

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Including utility poles in red pine management regimes leads to distinctly different management recommendations. Where utility pole markets exist, managing for poles will maximize net returns. To do so, plantations should be planted with a minimum of 890 trees/ac. Residual thinning densities should be maintained above 110 ft²/ac, higher than usually recommended. In Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula, approximately 195,000 ac of established stands were suitable for utility pole management in 1980. Landowners can increase the soil expectation value (4% discount rate) on their investment from $4.00/ac to $104/ac by managing for poles along with pulpwood and sawtimber on site index 75, well-stocked stands. North. J Appl. For 8(1):22-25
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Michigan State University, Department of Forestry, 121 Natural Resources Building, East Lansing, MI 48824

Publication date: 1991-03-01

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