This report presents the results of further analyses of prospects for the future area of pine plantations in the South. The future timber demandsupply outlook is by necessity based on many assumptions. A key assumption in the U.S. outlook for softwoods is the area of pine plantations in the U.S. South. For the 1989 RPA Assessment, the area of pine plantations was projected to about double to 45 million acres in 2040. All of the projected increases in softwood harvest are to come from these lands.
Highlights of the report include the following:
Wear, David N. 1993. Private forest investment and softwood production in the U.S. South. Gen. Tech. Rep. RM237. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. 12 p.