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    Author(s): Michael A. Taras
    Date: 1956
    Source: USDA Forest Service, Southeastern Forest Experiment Station, Old Station Paper, OSP-074, 13 p.
    Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
    Station: Southeastern Forest Experiment Station
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    During the past few years several pulp and paper companies in the Southeast have started to purchase pulpwood by weight rather thanby volume. The trend toward buying by weight is strong and getting stronger. This conversion from volume to weight measurement of pulpwood brings up many questions. For instance, is the weight basis fair to both buyer and seller? What are exact weight equivalents for a cord of wood? So far, the weight basis seems to be working out with reasonable justice to buyer and seller.

    With regard to equivalents, we do not have exact answers because the matter is complicated by differences in species, age, season, region, time since cutting, diameter of average stick, length of average stick, height of tree, rate of growth, whether bark is attached or removed, etc. Some valuable work has been done on equivalents; this paper is a gathering-together of such work to help clarify the subject.

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    Taras, Michael A. 1956. Buying pulpwood by weight as compared with volume measure. USDA Forest Service, Southeastern Forest Experiment Station, Old Station Paper, OSP-074, 13 p.

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