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Harvest Rates on Adverse Sites in the Southeast

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Steep slopes and year-round water problems reduce the frequency of stand-level timber harvests. In the Southeast as a whole, observations on Forest Survey plots indicate that 1.7% of the timberland is harvested each year. Only 0.2% of the acreage with year-round water is harvested. As slope increases, the rate of harvest decreases to 0.4% per year for sites with slopes of 40% or more. Because harvesting is less frequent, timber volumes are greater on adverse than on favorable sites. Across all conditions, forest industry harvests more frequently than other private and public landowners. South. J. Appl. For. 14(4):166-170.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: USDA Forest Service, Forest Inventory and Analysis, Southeastern Forest Experiment Station, Asheville, NC 28802

Publication date: 1990-11-01

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