Energy-wood Thinning as an Alternative to Pulpwood in Young Birch Stands

F. Di Fulvio, D. Bergström & T. Nordfjell
In early thinnings, harvesting whole trees for energy-wood is an alternative to harvesting pulpwood. The availability of merchantable volumes and values of pulpwood and energy-wood has been studied in young birch stands at varying intensities of biomass removal, and the harvesting costs and profitability of the two systems were estimated. The volume of energy-wood was 1.5–1.7 times greater than that of pulpwood for a stand with a diameter at breast height (DBH) of 13.9 cm...