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Interpreting 1987 Forest Survey Results for Mississippi Hardwood Sawtimber

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The 1987 Forest Survey of Mississippi shows a slight increase in forest area and a substantial gain in hardwood inventory. Hardwood gains, appearing in all diameter classes, suggest an increase in quality, but hardwood users generally believe quality is declining. By our analysis, volume of top quality hardwood declined while volume in other grades increased. When compared on individual trees, Forest Survey grades agreed only about one-half the time with grades assigned by a hardwood specialist. Sawtimber values for Cherrybark oak (Quercus falcata var. pagodifolia Ell.), recomputed to arbitrary hardwood user specifications, are one-third the standard values reported in the Forest Survey. South. J. Appl. For. 14(4):170-173.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: USDA Forest Service, Southern Forest Experiment Station, Starkville, MS 39759

Publication date: 1990-11-01

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