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Use of expert systems for integrated silvicultural planning

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1997

Publication

In: Communicating the role of silviculture in managing the national forests: Proceedings of the National Silviculture Workshop. 1997 May 19-22; Warren, PA.: Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-238. Radnor, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 90-95.

Abstract

The use of silvicultural treatments in hardwood stands presents opportunities for increasing the growth and yield of quality sawtimber and enhancing the suitability of the site for use by numerous species of wildlife. Planners, loggers, and managers must consider multiple aspects of the ecosystem when making silvicultural decisions. In this paper we demonstrate an integrated expert system called FOREX and explain how it can be used to make silvicultural decisions that integrate potential growth and yield, logging technology, economics, wildlife, markets, log prices, and the time value of money.

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Citation

LeDoux, Chris B. 1997. Use of expert systems for integrated silvicultural planning. In: Communicating the role of silviculture in managing the national forests: Proceedings of the National Silviculture Workshop. 1997 May 19-22; Warren, PA.: Gen. Tech. Rep. NE-238. Radnor, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station. 90-95.

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