Timber Plantations, Timber Supply and Forest Conservation

  • David Tomberlin
  • Joseph Buongiorno
  • José Alvarado Alegría
  • Kaisa Korhonen
  • Matti Palo
Part of the World Forests book series (WFSE, volume 3)

Abstract

Already supplying an estimated 27% of the world’s industrial roundwood,timber plantations have the potential to produce much more over the coming decades.This article explores the role of timber plantations in timber supply and forest conservationthrough 2010. Harvest projections from a forest sector model are comparedto a recent estimate of plantation timber production to assess plantations’ likelycontribution to timber supply in major timber-producing countries. Results suggestthat, in most countries, plantation production is unlikely to increase enough to reduceharvest pressure on natural forests.

Key words

Timber plantations timber supply conservation international trade 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Tomberlin
    • 1
  • Joseph Buongiorno
    • 2
  • José Alvarado Alegría
    • 3
  • Kaisa Korhonen
    • 4
  • Matti Palo
    • 5
  1. 1.Santa CruzUSA
  2. 2.Dept. of Forest Ecology and ManagementUniversity of WisconsinMadisonUSA
  3. 3.CuencaSpain
  4. 4.Helsinki
  5. 5.Finnish Forest Research Institute (METLA)

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