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Technical Commentary: Managing High-Elevation Forests to Produce American Matsutake (Tricholoma magnivelare), High-Quality Timber, and Nontimber Forest Products

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In the Pacific Northwest, nontimber forest products account for more than $200 million in annual revenue yet there is little intentional management to promote the dozens of these harvested species. In the southern Cascade Range in Oregon, management experiments are being installed to develop and refine silvicultural practices that increase financial returns from high-elevation stands. Pretreatment measurements are complete, and harvest treatments will begin in 1998. The harvest treatments will emphasize the most valuable products: high-quality timber, American matsutake mushrooms (Tricholoma magnivelare), and other nontimber forest products such as food-flavoring extracts, decorative boughs, Christmas trees, and pine cones. Management practices will adjust species composition, remove disease and infested trees, prune target species, manage for timber on long rotations, and opportunistically manage and harvest nontimber forest products, especially the highly valued American matsutake. A comprehensive monitoring program will track ecosystem and economic variables at different temporal scales. In this paper we present management scenarios that emphasize forest function and biological diversity while providing an even flow of commercially valuable timber and nontimber forest products. West. J. Appl. For. 13(4):120-128.

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: USDA Forest Service, Umpqua National Forest, Box 1008, Roseburg, OR 97470

Publication date: 1998-10-01

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  • Each regional journal of applied forestry focuses on research, practice, and techniques targeted to foresters and allied professionals in specific regions of the United States and Canada. The Western Journal of Applied Forestry covers the western United States, including Alaska, and western Canada; WJAF will also consider manuscripts reporting research in northern Mexico that has potential application in the southwestern United States.
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