Skip to page content
USDA Forest Service
  
Treesearch

Research & Development Treesearch

 
Treesearch Home
About Treesearch
Contact Us
Research & Development
Forest Products Lab
International Institute of Tropical Forestry
Northern
Pacific Northwest
Pacific Southwest
Rocky Mountain
Southern Research Station
Help
 

Science.gov - We Participate


USA.gov  Government Made Easy


Global Forest Information Service

US Forest Service
P.O. Box 96090
Washington, D.C.
20090-6090

(202) 205-8333

You are here: Home / Search / Publication Information
Bookmark and Share

Publication Information

View PDF (790 KB bytes)

Title: West Coast tree improvement programs: a break-even, cost-benefit analysis

Author: Ledig, F. Thomas; Porterfield, Richard L;

Date: 1981

Source: Res. Paper PSW-RP-156. Berkeley, CA: Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station, U. S. Department of Agriculture; 8 p

Publication Series: Research Paper (RP)

Description: Three tree improvement programs were analyzed by break-even, cost-benefit technique: one for ponderosa pine in the Pacific Northwest, and two for Douglas-fir in the Pacific Northwest-one of low intensity and the other of high intensity. A return of 8 percent on investment appears feasible by using short rotations or by accompanying tree improvement with thinning. Interest rates, length of rotation, the inclusion of thinnings, and site index had greater effects on profitability than program design. Large breeding zones improved profitability, although they incur the biological risks of nonadaptation to local conditions and loss of local genetic resources. Increasing orchard seed yield affected the results only slightly unless the planting program could be expanded, which is equivalent to increasing the size of the breeding zone. If the increase in seed yield merely reduced the required acreage of seed orchard and associated costs, the financial results improved only slightly.

Keywords: tree improvement, economic analysis, Pinus ponderosa, Pseudotsuga menziesii, sensitivity analysis, minimum genetic gain

Publication Notes:

  • We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
  • This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.

XML: View XML

Citation:


Ledig, F. Thomas, and Richard L Porterfield 1981. West Coast tree improvement programs: a break-even, cost-benefit analysis. Res. Paper PSW-RP-156. Berkeley, CA: Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station, U. S. Department of Agriculture; 8 p

 


 [ Get Acrobat ]  Get the latest version of the Adobe Acrobat reader or Acrobat Reader for Windows with Search and Accessibility

USDA logo which links to the department's national site. Forest Service logo which links to the agency's national site.