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Impacts of Climate Change on Economics of Forestry and Adaptation Strategies in the Southern United States

  • Andres Susaeta (a1), Douglas R. Carter (a1) and Damian C. Adams (a1)

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This article analyzes the impacts of different levels of forest productivity scenarios, disturbance risk, and salvageable rates resulting from climate change on the economics of loblolly pine in the southern United States. Potential adaptation strategies examined include reduction in planting density and use of slash pine instead of loblolly pine. Economic returns are most sensitive to changes in disturbance risk and productivity changes as compared with the salvage rate, planting density, or species selection. Loblolly pine with low planting density economically outperforms high-density loblolly pine. Slash pine is generally a less viable option compared with loblolly pine in most cases.

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Impacts of Climate Change on Economics of Forestry and Adaptation Strategies in the Southern United States

  • Andres Susaeta (a1), Douglas R. Carter (a1) and Damian C. Adams (a1)

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