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When to harvest? The effect of disease on optimal forest rotation

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  • Morag F. Macpherson

    (Computing Science and Mathematics, University of Stirling)

  • Adam Kleczkowski

    (Computing Science and Mathematics, University of Stirling)

  • John Healey

    () (School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography, Bangor University)

  • Nick Hanley

    () (Department of Geography and Sustainable Development, University of St. Andrews)

Abstract

Effective forest management is crucial to maximising the economic benefits obtained from forests. However, the arrival of novel pests and pathogens may have a negative effect on timber values. We argue that management strategies should be calibrated to consider the effect of disease and in this paper explore the optimal rotation length of a single rotation, even-aged, plantation forest under varying disease conditions. We show that the optimal rotation length, which maximises the net present value of the forest, is reduced when disease decreases the timber value. Moreover, an increase in the rate of disease progression or the effect of disease on timber has a negative effect on the optimal rotation length. More generally, the effect of forest disease on optimal management depends in a complex way on the interaction of economic, ecological and epidemiological parameters

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  • Morag F. Macpherson & Adam Kleczkowski & John Healey & Nick Hanley, 2015. "When to harvest? The effect of disease on optimal forest rotation," Discussion Papers in Environment and Development Economics 2015-19, University of St. Andrews, School of Geography and Sustainable Development.
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    harvest; forestry disease;

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    • Q20 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - General
    • Q23 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Forestry

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