Modelling in forest management
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In: Wainwright, John; Mulligan, Mark, eds. Environmental modelling: Finding Simplicity in Complexity. London, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: 291-301.
Forest management has traditionally been considered management of trees for timber. It really includes vegetation management and land management and people management as multiple objectives. As such, forest management is intimately linked with other topics in this volume, most especially those chapters on ecological modelling and human dimensions. The key to responsible forest management is to understand both how forest ecosystems work and how to use this understanding to satisfy society's expectations and values. The key to forest modelling is to portray accurately the dynamics of forests. Successful forest-management modelling finds a means to improve management through accurate representation of all parts of the system. In this chapter I will review both modelling approaches and the types of applications that various modelling techniques have been used to address.
Twery, Mark J. 2004. Modelling in forest management. In: Wainwright, John; Mulligan, Mark, eds. Environmental modelling: Finding Simplicity in Complexity. London, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: 291-301.