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Are we approaching 'peak timber' in the tropics?

Shearman, Philip; Bryan, Jane E.; Laurance, William F


Over the past few decades, tropical timber production in many Asia-Pacific countries has been akin to the symmetric logistic distribution curve, or 'Hubbert Curve', observed in the exploitation of many non-renewable resources-a rapid increase in production followed by a peak and then decline. There are three principal reasons why logging of native tropical forests resembles the mining of a non-renewable resource: the standard cutting cycle of 30-40. years is too brief to allow the wood volume...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Biological Conservation
DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2011.10.036


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