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Title: The timber resources of the Blue Mountain area, Oregon.
Author: Bolsinger, Charles L.; Berger, John M.;
Source: Res. Bull. PNW-RB-057. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 71 p
Publication Series: Resource Bulletin (RB)
Description: The latest inventory of the timber resources of the Blue Mountain Area of Oregon indicates that there are about 47 billion board feet of sawtimber on 4.6 million acres of commercial forest land. Public agencies administer about 76 percent of the area and hold 89 percent of the sawtimber volume; farmer and miscellaneous private ownerships account for 16 percent of the area but only 6 percent of the sawtimber volume; and forest industries 8 percent of the commercial forest area and 5 percent of the volume. Total volume of timber and area of commercial forest land have declined about 10 percent since the mid-1950's.
Ponderosa pine is the most abundant species, accounting for 44 percent of the sawtimber volume. Douglas-fir accounts for 20 percent of the volume, with true firs and larch occurring in significant amounts.
Most of the available timber volume is in public ownership. Private timberland is largely cut over, with resulting low inventory volumes. Although total timber cut has remained at about the same level, the harvest from public lands has increased from 56 percent in 1960 to 82 percent in 1972.
Keywords: forest surveys (regional), statistics (forest), eastern Oregon
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Bolsinger, Charles L.; Berger, John M. 1975. The timber resources of the Blue Mountain area, Oregon. Res. Bull. PNW-RB-057. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 71 p
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