Title: Costs of reducing sapling basal area in thinned cherry-maple stands in West Virginia
Author: Miller, Gary W.
Source: Res. Pap. NE-540. Broomall, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiement Station. 6p.
Station ID: RP-NE-540
Description: Unmanaged 60-year-old cherry-maple stands in West Virginia were thinned to three levels of stocking according to the Allegheny hardwoods stocking guide. After the merchantable timber was removed, the basal area in saplings was reduced to less than 10 ft² per acre (2.3 m²/ha), as the guide recommends for stands with dense understories. A detailed time study revealed that cutting saplings with chain saws costs about $17.00 per acre ($42/ha). This amount may be recoverable in increased yield, tax deductions, and fuelwood sales.
Keywords: cost data, sapling removal, thinning, stocking, northern hardwoods
View and Print this Publication (928 KB)
- We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
- This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
- This publication may be available in hard copy. Check the Northern Research Station web site to request a printed copy of this publication.
- Our on-line publications are scanned and captured using Adobe Acrobat. During the capture process some typographical errors may occur. Please contact Sharon Hobrla, email@example.com if you notice any errors which make this publication unusable.
Get the latest version of the Adobe Acrobat reader or Acrobat Reader for Windows with Search and Accessibility
Miller, Gary W. 1984. Costs of reducing sapling basal area in thinned cherry-maple stands in West Virginia. Res. Pap. NE-540. Broomall, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiement Station. 6p..