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Model for multi-stand management based on structural attributes of individual stands

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Miller, G.W.; Sullivan, J.

Year Published

1997

Publication

Forest Ecology and Management. 96: 261-271.

Abstract

A growing interest in managing forest ecosystems calls for decision models that take into account attribute goals for large forest areas while continuing to recognize the individual stand as a basic unit of forest management. A dynamic, nonlinear forest management model is described that schedules silvicultural treatments for individual stands that are linked by multi-stand management constraints. A growth model useful for many eastern forest types accounts for stand dynamics resulting from cutting decisions. This modeling approach provides a framework for coordinating management goals over many stands while meeting the practical need for stand-level cutting prescriptions. An example problem demonstrates how to measure the tradeoff between economic efficiency and tree species diversity. Dimension limits and solver efficiency are discussed.

Keywords

optimization; nonlinear programming; ecosystem management; harvest scheduling

Citation

Miller, G.W.; Sullivan, J. 1997. Model for multi-stand management based on structural attributes of individual stands. Forest Ecology and Management. 96: 261-271.

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