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Estimating Financial Returns from Mid-Rotation Release in Coastal Plain Loblolly Pine Plantations

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Financial rates of return are estimated for mid-rotation release from hardwood competition for Coastal Plain loblolly pine plantations. Economic benefits were measured against the costs required to obtain those benefits. A base case scenario was employed to approximate the average initial stand conditions of an existing release study. Product volumes were projected for released and nonreleased conditions for a maximum rotation length of 30 yr. Three release levels, 95%, 75%, and 50%, were simulated. Annualized rates of return were calculated from age 10 for each 5 yr period up to age 30. Sensitivity tests estimated how changing release age, maximum height response, and timber product prices influenced results. South. J. Appl. For. 23(2):94-99.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: American Cyanamid

Publication date: 1999-05-01

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