Comparative Irish and American hardwood culture. 1. One tree to the acre: The value and silviculture of fine hardwood management on small woodlots in the Midwestern U.S.

  • Andrew R. Gillespie Dept. of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907-1159 USA.
Keywords: Comparative hardwood culture, hardwood management, broadleaf forestry, broadleaves, timber market, small woodlots, farm forestry, sawlog prices, economics, forestry history, deforestation.

Abstract

Because the midwestern US and Ireland share similar agricultural landscapes, information on hardwood culture and reforestation efforts is presented for comparison. Historically, the respective land areas were once heavily forested, but land clearing for agriculture in both countries has resulted in relatively small, fragmented woodlots. This makes farm-forestry an important component of forest production in these landscapes. The status of Indiana hardwood forest is provided with current growth and species trends. Timber values and recent timber sales figures by species are included for contrast with Irish woodlots and the long-term trends of saw log prices in Indiana are provided which show the competitive rates of return that hardwood management can bring.
Published
1993-11-01
How to Cite
Gillespie, A. R. (1993). Comparative Irish and American hardwood culture. 1. One tree to the acre: The value and silviculture of fine hardwood management on small woodlots in the Midwestern U.S. Irish Forestry. Retrieved from https://journal.societyofirishforesters.ie/index.php/forestry/article/view/9723
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