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Evaluating Changes in Yellow-Poplar Management in Response to New Low-End Markets

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Optimal rotation length and thinning schedules for yellow-poplar were determined through the use of a dynamic programming simulation system. Economic and management responses to changing low-end markets for roundwood yellow-poplar were investigated as well as sensitivity to real price increases, interest rates, and number of allowed thinnings in a rotation. It was found that strong markets for low quality and small diameter yellow-poplar shorten rotation lengths and shift low-quality sawtimber into the roundwood markets. In all cases, improvement thinnings were shown to be a valuable thinning strategy and, in many cases, improvement thinning combined with a thinning from above produced the highest financial returns. North. J. Appl. For. 15(1):37-42.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University, New Haven, CT 06511

Publication date: 1998-03-01

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