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Model for multi-stand management based on structural attributes of individual standsAuthor(s): G.W. Miller; J. Sullivan
Source: Forest Ecology and Management. 96: 261-271.
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Northern Research Station
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DescriptionA 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.
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CitationMiller, G.W.; Sullivan, J. 1997. Model for multi-stand management based on structural attributes of individual stands. Forest Ecology and Management. 96: 261-271.
Keywordsoptimization, nonlinear programming, ecosystem management, harvest scheduling
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