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Forests and timber are important natural resources in the state of Michigan. Forestlands make of 53% of the total land area and the forest related industry and manufacturing sector in Michigan generate approximately $12 billion to the state’s economy. Though forestry related industry and manufacturing is a multi-billion dollar industry that affects millions of acres of land in Michigan, there have been few recently published articles regarding timber stumpage appraisal in the state particularly about the northern hardwood forests. This paper uses a hedonic timber stumpage appraisal model to calculate stumpage value for state managed forests. The model uses data from Michigan Department of Natural Resources to estimate the affect of various parameters on the accepted bid of public timber sales. From our results we found there were certain parameters that were statistically significant in raising the final bid price of a sales and this may have implications for the management of state owned forest lands.

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