General Paper

The Growing of Poplars for a Niche Market

Published in: South African Forestry Journal
Volume 177, issue 1, 1996 , pages: 55–59
DOI: 10.1080/00382167.1996.9629720
Author(s): B.C. Churchill,, D.W. van der ZelDepartment of Water Affairs and Forestry,


In South African Forestry the planting of poplar trees for matchwood is a niche industry for a niche market. However, clouds are appearing over the horizon, in the form of a reduction in area being managed for this purpose and, lately, in a reduction in volume produced. Reasons for the apparent decline are investigated, while proposals are offered to maintain, for the nation's benefit, a minimum area of poplar groves under responsible conservation management.

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