America's Private Forests: Status And Stewardship by Constance Best

By Constance Best

America's inner most Forests: prestige and Stewardship examines deepest forests within the usa (which represent fifty eight% of U.S. forests) and provides information from a large choice of assets on their prestige, in addition to helpful details on thoughts for his or her security, conservation, and administration. this can be a reference and data source. The booklet offers info, facts, and analysis-the made of loads of research-about the nation of non-public forests within the U.S. it is a prestige document that places the information into context of outrage for biodiversity. the ultimate bankruptcy bargains an motion plan for shielding deepest forests, with particular techniques.

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Manufacturing facilities and fo re stland both re qu i re hu n d reds of millions of dollars to build or acquire. The pressure to provide a return on such substantial capital inve stment is enormous. Bricks and mortar, as well as biological resources, are not ve ry liquid; therefore the business challenge of building cash flow is pre e m inent. The age of a fo re st and the sizes of its trees are dete rmined through the owner’s manufacturing needs and desired rate of return. In general, an industrial fore st that has been produced is yo u n ger, with smaller trees and a simpler species composition re l a tive to its biological capacity.

Engineered wood pro d u cts, such as laminated beams, medium-density fiberboard, and o ri e n ted strandboard, are 6. -based companies accounted for seven of the top ten pulp and paper companies with international holdings. These included International Paper, Champion (now combined), and Georgia-Pacific. S. companies dominate the world sawmilling capacity as well: Weyerhaeuser, Georgi a - P a c i fic, Inte rnational Paper, Sierra Pacific, and Lo u i s i a n a - P a c i fic (Cro s s e ly and Points 1998).

The fo re st products industry also uses other inte n s i ve management practices such as matching species and ge n o types to specific soils during tree planting, controlling competing ve ge ta tion, ti m e ly thinning to keep stands free to grow, and fe rtilization. The effe cts of these practices can be seen in fig u re 1-11, which illustrates the trends in ave r a ge 26 America’s Private Forests a n nual timber growth of all species on the industrial lands in three regions since 1952. Note that, while planta tion fore stry fe a t u ring loblolly pine has been gradually changing southern growth rates, the conversion of older natural fore sts to younger, and therefore faste r - g rowing, Douglas-fir plantations along with the introduction of “super trees” has had a dramatic effe ct on ave rage annual timber growth in the Pacific Northwe st.

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