George Grogan, Deputy State Forester June 25, 1976
J.E. Sindel, State Forest Manager
Jackson State Forest
After reviewing 1974 CFI information and comparing growth figures with those
of 1969, we find a decrease in average annual growth. This, we believe, is due
to increased cutting in our second growth stands.
With this in mind we believe our current annual cut should be hold to about
26 million for the next few years. Our reasons are as follows:
- Continued cutting of 28 to 30
million feet would decrease our stock to an even lower level resulting in continued
decrease in average annual growth.
- The 1979 remeasurement is
only three years away. Hopefully the information from this measurement
will be available by early 1980 and the annual cut can be adjusted
accordingly. This adjustment well be upward as many of the young stands
which are below the eleven inch diameter class should reach this size and
begin to show an the inventory.
- Being proprietors of public
land, we feel a responsibility to maintain a reasonably even flow of
timber into the local economy. It seems better to maintain that flow with
the possibility of increase in the future than to maintain a higher level
now and probably have to decrease substantially in the future.
- Annual cut figures usually
deal only with the major sales. Many minor salvage sales account for
almost one million board feet annually. These are composed of timber
resulting from blowdown, slides or road repair.
We hope you concur with our proposal.
State Forest Manager
Forest B. Tilley
Assistant Forest Manager