Financial Rate of Return
Cut Areas of the Fernow Experimental Forest
||To determine the effects of financial rate of return cuttings
on: a) yield and growth of hardwood stands in terms of board
feet, cubic feet, and basal area values, b) species composition,
c) hardwood stand quality.
||expected to continue
||6 Locations of the Fernow Experimental Forest.
Oak site index is 70 for all areas.
||A total of 6 areas were established; 2 study areas for each
of 3%, 4%, and 6% rates of return. All areas were established
on sites with an oak site index of 70. Data will be compared
on a tabular and graphic basis; no statistical analysis is expected.
|Likelihood of Locating Study Areas:
||9/1971-9/1977: applied financial maturity cutting practice
to 6 compartments.
6/1975-9/1975: permanent inventory plots established in each
4/1985: all trees 5.0"+ d.b.h. on inventory plots were permanently
tagged using Fernow Wire and Tag System.
Financial maturity cutting practice applied to 6 compartments
are maintained on a 10-year cutting cycle.
||Standard growth plot procedures were used to permanently identify
each tree at least 5.0" d.b.h. Guidelines for applying the cutting
treatments were established by Trimble et al. 1974.
[Trimble, George R. Jr., Joseph J. Mendel, and Richard A. Kennell.
1974. A Procedure for Selection Marking in Hardwoods Combining
Silvicultural Considerations of Economic Guidelines. USDA, FS
Research Paper NE 292, 13 pages.]
|Variables and Sampling Frequency:
||Every 5 years after cut: all plots are remeasured, as in 1985,
beginning in 1986-1987 dormant season. The cutting cycle is
10 years and every other remeasurement will coincide with the
scheduled cutting date.
Independent: effect of the financial rate of return cuts.
Dependent: stand growth, species composition, stand quality.
||Data are visually compared to previously collected data. Accuracy
assessments are completed after each data-collection period.
Permanent employee continually supervises temporary employees.
||Raw: stand structure and grade, species, d.b.h., and number
of stems available on DG. Species, d.b.h., And number of stems
are in hardcopy. Data are downloaded to PCs for analyses.
|Global Change Research Applications:
||Studies of Ecosystem Processes
|Publications and Reports:
||Work plan: August 1975. Clay Smith.
Establishment report: March 1976. Clay Smith.
Progress report and Establishment of permanent growth Plots:
Feb. 1987. Neil Lamson.
The above are office reports of U.S. Department of Agriculture,
Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station, Parsons,
Miller, G.W.; Smith, H.C. 1993. A practical alternative to
single-tree selection? Northern Journal of Applied Forestry.
||Thomas Schuler, USDA Forest
Service, P.O. Box 404, Parsons WV 26287. (304) 478-2000