average homes per average acre of forest harvest?

Ted Kegebein kegebein at planttel.net
Thu Oct 8 22:43:58 EST 1998


Hello back,

In rough ball park figures from South Georgia:
The average clear cut is about 30 years old.
It contains about 30 cords of sawlogs (Chip-n-Saw) and 5 cords of
pulpwood. Those 30 cords of Chip-n-Saw is equal to about 12,000 board
feet of actual lumber. 

I understand it takes 10,000 to 15,000 board feet of lumber to build a
house here. So, it takes about one acre and 30 years to build one house.

Usually a select cut down here will remove 5,000 to 10,000 board feet
and the timber stands will be 40 plus years old. That is not counting
pulpwood thinnings which don't remove any saw logs and are done at a
much younger age.

I have never seen a "virgin" stand of timber, but some of our parks have
trees that average 100 years old and after the age of 60 or so the trees
dies faster than they grow. So, the amount of board feet in the stands
actually decline the older the trees get.

All of the above refers to Southern Pines, other species are quite
different.

Hope this helps,

Ted Kegebein
South Georgian
http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/Senate/1389




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