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Managing Goryōrin: Aspects Of Practice

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Initially Goryōrin foresters employed the simple measuring system adopted by the Forest Agency in its 1879 mensuration manual, Shakujime shidashi benran. It applied a single eyeballing technique to all species of trees, instructing foresters to measure a tree's diameter at eye level and to figure a one sun (3.03 cm) reduction in diameter for every ken (1.82 m) of trunk height. A key purpose of forest research was to enhance the results of afforestation and aftercare. Both forest research and afforestation were intended primarily to increase the long-term yield of logging. The same goal lay behind technological changes that contributed to the long-term expansion in Goryōrin output. Three changes in particular, in methods of felling, transporting, and milling, merit attention. When looked at in terms of the Imperial Household's total budget, Goryōrin proved to be a major and growing element. Cumulative investment in Goryorin was so massive.

Keywords: afforestation; forest agency; Goryōrin; Household foresters; timber



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