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The economic feasibility of commercial thinning in second growth forests on the British Columbia coast Dehouwer, Jonathan

Abstract

This report is a detailed analysis of commercial thinning in second growth forests on the British Columbia coast. It provides insight into the possibility of a coastal forest products company, Western Forest Products, located in Gold River, British Columbia, to implement a commercial thinning treatment. Data from existing stands was inputted into TIPSY 4.2 to run a series of scenarios to attempt to clarify economic viability based on a series of input variables. It was found that given the inputted variables, commercial thinning is at this time not economically viable. Although, there is potential for future uses of a commercial thinning program, and is briefly evaluated throughout the report. The details in the methods section of this report would help allow someone who is interested in running TIPSY to further analyze this topic to easily set up comparable runs with their own input variables.

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