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Title: Evaluation of forest management systems under risk of wildfire
Author: Hyytiainen, Kari; Haight, Robert G.
Publication: European Journal of Forest Research. 129: 909-919.
Key Words: even-aged management, fire risk, individual tree model, Monte Carlo simulation, simulation optimization, uneven-aged management
Abstract: We evaluate the economic efficiency of even- and uneven-aged management systems under risk of wildfire. The management problems are formulated for a mixed-conifer stand and approximations of the optimal solutions are obtained using simulation optimization. The Northern Idaho variant of the Forest Vegetation Simulator and its Fire and Fuels Extension is used to predict stand growth and fire effects. Interest rate and fire risk are found to be critical determinants of the superior stand management system and timber supply.
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