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Site quality in Appalachian hardwoods: the biological and economic response under selection silvicultureAuthor(s): Orris D. McCauley; George R., Jr. Trimble
Source: Res. Pap. NE-312. Upper Darby, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 22p.
Publication Series: Research Paper (RP)
Station: Northeastern Research Station
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DescriptionThe relative or percentage value response after 12 years of selective cutting practices on low- and high-quality sites in Appalachian hardwoods amounted to a 119-percent increase on the low-quality site and 145 percent on the high-quality site. The absolute value or actual dollar response, on the other hand, showed that the low-quality site increased in value only $76/acre while the high-quality site increased $233/acre; or it took three low-quality site acres to every 1 high-quality site acre to attain equivalent value change. Current trends in species composition indicate that selective cutting practices will change the species composition toward a climax stand favoring shade-tolerant, slower-growing, lower-valued tree species.
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CitationMcCauley, Orris D.; Trimble, George R., Jr. 1975. Site quality in Appalachian hardwoods: the biological and economic response under selection silviculture. Res. Pap. NE-312. Upper Darby, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 22p.
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