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Analysis of changes in eastern national forest timber sales between 1985 and 1997

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Luppold, William G.; Baumgras, John E.

Year Published

2000

Publication

Forest Products Journal. 50(1): 87-93.

Abstract

Since the mid-1980s, the volume of sawtimber sold by eastern national forests has declined by 55 percent. Factors contributing to this decline include increased recreational demands, political pressures from environmentalists and the adoption of ecosystem management techniques. This paper examines the changes in the sales of roundwood products from 1985 to 1997 for three eastern regions that contain relatively large quantities of hardwood sawtimber: the Lake States, Northern Appalachian Mountains (Northern Mountains), and Southern Appalachian Mountains (Southern Mountains). Although this analysis was concerned primarily with hardwood sawtimber sales, softwood sawtimber and softwood and hardwood pulpwood sales also were examined because all these products are part of national forest timber sales. Although roundwood sales have decreased in all three regions, sales revenue has increased in the Lake States and Northern Mountains regions because roundwood product prices have increased more than sales volumes have decreased. However, the increased revenue in the Lake States emanated from increased pulpwood sales revenues while the increased revenue in the Northern Mountains resulted from increased black cherry sales revenue. The Southern Mountains was the only region that experienced a decline in roundwood sales revenue between 1985 and 1997.

Citation

Luppold, William G.; Baumgras, John E. 2000. Analysis of changes in eastern national forest timber sales between 1985 and 1997. Forest Products Journal. 50(1): 87-93.

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