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The economic feasibility of reclaiming phosphate mined lands with short-rotation woody crops in Florida

Matthew Langholtz, , mateo@ufl.edu Douglas R. Carter, , Donald L. Rockwood, , Janaki R.R. Alavalapati, ,
 
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Matthew Langholtz, Douglas R. Carter, Donald L. Rockwood and Janaki R.R. Alavalapati (2007), "The economic feasibility of reclaiming phosphate mined lands with short-rotation woody crops in Florida", Journal of Forest Economics: Vol. 12: No. 4, pp 237-249. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jfe.2006.06.002

Published: 12 Feb 2007
© 0 2007 Matthew Langholtz, Douglas R. Carter, Donald L. Rockwood, Janaki R.R. Alavalapati
 
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JEL Codes:Q230
Clay settling areasFaustmannNon-timber benefitPhosphate-mined landReclamationRestorationShort-rotation coppicing
 

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Introduction
Methods
Model inputs
Results and sensitivity analysis
Discussion and conclusions

Abstract

Fast growing and short-rotation tree crops provide unique opportunities to reclaim phosphate-mined lands in central Florida. Optimum management of the eucalyptus short-rotation woody crop forestry system studied necessitates harvests every 2.5–3.6 years and replanting after 2–5 coppice harvests. The value of phosphate mined land under Eucalyptus amplifolia forestry ranges from $762 to $6507ha−1 assuming discount rates of 10% and 4%, respectively, establishment costs of $1800ha−1, planting costs of $1200ha−1, planting density of 8400 treeha−1, and a stumpage price of $20 dry Mg−1.

DOI:10.1016/j.jfe.2006.06.002