Trees are planted at widths that allow for quick growth and easy harvesting. They are usually felled when they are around 15cm wide at chest height, this takes from 8 to 20 years. This compares with 60 years or more for standard forestry crops. When felled, SRF trees are replaced by new planting or, more usually, allowed to regenerate from the stumps as coppice. The wood chip produced by SRF is preferred in the power industry as it does not contain bark and wood and is therefore more homogenous than wood chip provided by short rotation coppice. The profit after transport is estimated to be around €15 to €30 per tonne.
Changes in Specific Leaf Area and Photosynthetic Nitrogen-Use Efficiency Associated with Physiological Acclimation of Two Hybrid Poplar Clones to Intraclonal Competition
Jul 01, 2011; Introduction In light of predicted shortages of wood from natural forests, there is a renewed interest in short-rotation forestry...