Forest industries represent an important segment of the Soviet economy, accounting for five percent of the total industrial output and providing essential materials for other key industries. This book, the first in-depth study of Soviet forestry in the English language, looks at the organizational, planning, economic, and technological aspects of the industry. Mr. Blandon first discusses labor force trends and geographical features of the country's forest resources, then assesses the forest industry's modernization program. He analyzes the past performance of capital investment in the industry and makes projections about the effects of future investments in order to estimate the Soviet Union's future timber output. Throughout the book considerable attention is devoted to the Soviet planning system and its influence on decision making.
Westview Replica Editions -- Introduction -- A Geographical Background to the Forest Industries -- The Industrial Forests of the Soviet Union -- The History of Mechanization in Logging -- The Possibility of Future Productivity Increases -- The Labour Force in Soviet Industry -- The Economic System and Forestry -- Individual Economic Problems -- Possible Responses to the Timber Shortage -- The Wood Processing Industries