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Microcomputer Techniques for Developing Hardwood Conservation StrategiesAuthor(s): Steve McNiel
Source: In: Standiford, Richard B., tech. coord. 1991. Proceedings of the symposium on oak woodlands and hardwood rangeland management; October 31 - November 2, 1990; Davis, California. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-126. Berkeley, CA: Pacific Southwest Research Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture; p. 266-272
Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
Station: Pacific Southwest Research Station
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DescriptionHardwoods are disappearing from the California landscape at alarming rates. This is due to a variety of influences, both natural and man made. It is clear that conservation and rehabilitation of hardwood resources will require a large effort on the part of research institutes, universities, government agencies, special interest groups, private developers, maintenance workers and ordinary citizens. In order to study the problem and arrive at workable solutions, the author has developed computer assisted methods that help the researcher or land planner inventory, evaluate and manage the land, including hardwood stands. Microcomputer techniques can help us determine the cumulative effects of incremental loss of resources as well as help illustrate, through visual simulation, the potential consequences of future actions. Computers allow us to track changes as they occur and give us the means to develop effective conservation and mitigation strategies that will guarantee a landscape with hardwoods in the 21st century. This paper examines techniques that employ a systems approach and utilize geographic information systems, image processing techniques and photorealistic simulations as planning and decision making tools.
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CitationMcNiel, Steve. 1991. Microcomputer Techniques for Developing Hardwood Conservation Strategies. In: Standiford, Richard B., tech. coord. 1991. Proceedings of the symposium on oak woodlands and hardwood rangeland management; October 31 - November 2, 1990; Davis, California. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-126. Berkeley, CA: Pacific Southwest Research Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture; p. 266-272
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