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    Author(s): Thomas M. Schuler; David W. McGill
    Date: 2007
    Source: Res. Pap. NRS-2. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 16 p.
    Publication Series: Research Paper (RP)
    Station: Northern Research Station
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    Financial maturity, diameter-limit (FMDL) selection was proposed more than three decades ago as a replacement for diameter-limit cutting. FMDL incorporates financial maturity guidelines for individual trees, high-priority removal of poorquality trees, and guidelines for residual basal area. We provide the first long-term assessment of this practice after more than three decades of implementation. FMDL selection is evaluated in terms periodic yield of merchantable board feet, residual basal area, butt-log quality, and species composition. Recommendations for lowering the minimum residual basal area are presented. Management implications regarding controlling species composition are discussed.

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    Schuler, Thomas M.; McGill, David W. 2007. Long-term assessment of financial maturity, diameter-limit selection in the central Appalachians. Res. Pap. NRS-2. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 16 p.

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    Keywords

    Quercus rubra, Acer saccharum, uneven-age management, partial cutting

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