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

Author: Miller, G.W.; Sullivan, J.;

Date: 1997

Source: Forest Ecology and Management. 96: 261-271.

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: 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

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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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