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Non-timber Values and the Optimal Forest Rotation: An Application to the Southern Forest of Tasmania

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  • HARRY F. CAMPBELL
  • SARAH M. JENNINGS

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The present paper examines the optimal use of a site containing standing timber, taking account of both timber and non-timber values. Using a site in the southern forest of Tasmania for illustrative purposes, it calculates the relationships between age of stand, extent of timber and non-timber values and optimal cutting age. It finds that, for a stand with moderate potential environmental benefits, there is a period of its life during which it is optimal to log. This segment narrows, and eventually disappears, as potential environmental benefits increase. Copyright © 2004 Economic Society of Australia..

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Article provided by The Economic Society of Australia in its journal The Economic Record.

Volume (Year): 80 (2004)
Issue (Month): 251 (December)
Pages: 387-393

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Handle: RePEc:bla:ecorec:v:80:y:2004:i:251:p:387-393

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