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Fuelwood Potential in Large-Tree Quercus gambelii Stands

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Five high volume stands of large-tree Quercus gambelii Nutt. were sampled to assess fuelwood potential. Sampled stands of this clonal species had stem densities equivalent to 2400-4100 per hectare. Mean stem diameters varied from 15.1-24.6 cm. The average live stem had an oven-dry biomass of 82.5 kg and marketable fuelwood of 67.5 kg. Equivalent values for standing dead stems were 22.5 and 20.2 kg. Total tree biomass (live and dead standing stems) was 292.1 t (metric)/ha. Marketable fuelwood biomass was 245.1 t/ha. Retail fuelwood market values for these large-tree stands ranged from $11,144-$44,740/ha cut, split, and delivered to the customer. Stumpage price that could be charged by the landowner for standing trees varied from $1,175-$4,716 per hectare of stand. West. J. Appl. For. 2(3):87-90, July 1987.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station, LaGrande, OR 97850

Publication date: 1987-07-01

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