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    Author(s): Dennis M. MayJohn S. Vissage
    Date: 1989
    Source: Resour. Bull. SO-144. New Orleans, Louisiana: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Forest Experiment Station. 42 p.
    Publication Series: Resource Bulletin (RB)
    Station: Southern Forest Experiment Station
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    The 1989 survey of the Central Unit of Tennessee revealed the following:
    • Timberland now covers 2,416.3 thousand acres, an increase of 14 percent since 1980.
    • Ninety-five percent of the unit’s timberland is privately owned.
    • Cedar and mixed cedar-hardwood stands occupy 456.1 thousand acres of timberland.
    • Oak-hickory forests account for 79 percent of the unit’s timberland.
    • Area in sawtimber-sized stands increased by 250 thousand acres with most of the increase in oak-hickory forest types.
    • The number of hardwood growing-stock trees fell 17 percent, while softwood numbers increased 26 percent.
    • Hardwood growing-stock volume climbed 55 percent to 2,304.7 million cubic feet and softwood growing-stock volume climbed 74 percent to 138.1 million cubic feet.
    • Softwood sawtimber volumes more than doubled and hardwood sawtimber volumes increased by two-thirds since 1980.
    • Hardwood sawtimber quality declined since 1980.
    • Net growth increased for both growing stock and sawtimber despite a doubling in mortality.
    • Removals increased for both growing stock and sawtimber but were concentrated in the sawtimber portion of the inventory.
    • Growth exceeds removals by roughly 3 to 1.

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    May, Dennis M.; Vissage, John S. 1989. Forest statistics for Central Tennessee counties - 1989. Resour. Bull. SO-144. New Orleans, Louisiana: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Forest Experiment Station. 42 p.

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