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    Author(s): Gary W. Miller
    Date: 1984
    Source: Res. Pap. NE-540. Broomall, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiement Station. 6p.
    Publication Series: Research Paper (RP)
    Station: Northeastern Research Station
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    Unmanaged 60-year-old cherry-maple stands in West Virginia were thinned to three levels of stocking according to the Allegheny hardwoods stocking guide. After the merchantable timber was removed, the basal area in saplings was reduced to less than 10 ft² per acre (2.3 m²/ha), as the guide recommends for stands with dense understories. A detailed time study revealed that cutting saplings with chain saws costs about $17.00 per acre ($42/ha). This amount may be recoverable in increased yield, tax deductions, and fuelwood sales.

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    Miller, Gary W. 1984. Costs of reducing sapling basal area in thinned cherry-maple stands in West Virginia. Res. Pap. NE-540. Broomall, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiement Station. 6p.

    Keywords

    cost data, sapling removal, thinning, stocking, northern hardwoods

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