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Young Stands of Scarlet Oak in Missouri Can Be Thinned Profitably

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Precommercial thinning of dense immature stands of scarlet oak (Quercus coccinea Muenchh.) in southern Missouri was found to significantly increase diameter growth and to be a financially profitable investment. Over a two-year study period the growth of thinned stands exceeded unthinned stands with the greatest increments occurring in the larger-diameter trees. Given the current situation of poor and uncertain markets for material from intermediate thinnings, the most profitable management regime consists of one precommercial thinning at age 30 years with the stand carried to a 60- or 80-year rotation, depending upon which investment criteria, present net worth, or internal rate of return is utilized. However, if markets for intermediate products could be developed, precommercially thinning the stand at age 30 followed by a series of commercial thinnings at 10-year intervals to a rotation of 80 years would be most profitable.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Forester, International Paper Company, Camden, Arkansas

Publication date: 1981-02-01

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