Evaluating the economic potential of uneven-aged maritime pine forests

Renato Rosa, Paula Soares, Margarida Tomé

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Abstract

Continuous cover practices are likely to better respond to the increasing demand for social, aesthetic and environmental values provided by forest ecosystems than even-aged forest plantations. Also, uneven-aged forestry may be especially attractive for non-industrial private forest owners, as it provides more regular revenues and, by taking advantage of natural regeneration, reduce installation costs. Knowledge on alternative regimes to even-aged forestry is therefore in high demand. We first add to the literature by proposing a new maritime pine forest growth model that can be readily used in optimization studies. Second, we are the first to analyze optimal uneven aged forest management for this species. Highlighting the contribution of this study, a comparison of our results with currently suggested silvicultural management scenarios is provided. We show that the economic profitability of this species significantly increases under optimal forest management and may thus present a viable alternative to rotation forests. In particular, we show that optimal forest management may entail harvesting cycles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)210-217
Number of pages8
JournalEcological Economics
Volume143
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

Keywords

  • Economic optimization
  • Maritime pine
  • Matrix growth model
  • Uneven-aged management

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