Precommercial thinning

Mark mebooker at atnet.net
Sat Sep 20 10:01:32 EST 1997


Larry Caldwell wrote:
> 
> In article <3421CD9A.A51136D2 at eagle.ptialaska.net>,
> Paul Hamby <paul at eagle.ptialaska.net> wrote:
> 
> > In southeast Alaska, thinning the reprod makes a big difference on the
> > outcome of the timber stand. Are you foresters using this as a tool in
> > the other regions as well, or is it not as necessary.
> 
> In Western Oregon we plant maybe 800 or 1000 trees per acre, when the
> final harvest will be 150-200 trees per acre.  There's usually at least
> one precommercial thinning and one commercial thinning in there.  With
> the mills set up for smaller logs, the commercial thinning can be a
> nice paycheck.  Pulp mills will essentially take anything they can
> knock the bark off of, and will accept doug fir down to 2" (!).
> 
> Yes, for top quality timber you have to get in there and do some work
> on it.  It makes no sense to grow an 50-year old defective tree.
> 
> -- Larry
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Dear Larry:

Your above statement is well done.  In your opinion how much of the
current prescribed fire movement is biased upon hoaxus forest
management?

Mark, from the land of the Mighty Columbia!!




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