A prototype of an integrated planning package for use on microcomputers has been completed. Individual components of the integrated model can be used as stand-alone modules to serve specific aspects of forest planning. Each module is documented with a user's manual and has on-screen help menus. The microcomputer-based system facilitates the development of optimal operational and strategic forest plans. The automated stand prescription writer utilizes a silvicultural expert system for Lake States species to automate the process of developing stand-level alternatives over a full planning horizon. Another program translates these silvicultural alternatives into economic cashflows, reflecting the costs of carrying out the activities. These cashflows become the input into the second module, a management scheduling model based on the Hoganson-Rose algorithm.
Published as paper no. 17,489 of the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station based on research supported by the Legislative Commission on Minnesota Resources.
Rose, Dietmar; Hoganson, Howard M.; Pelkki, Matthew H.; Arthaud, Greg J..
An integrated forest planning model : an overview..
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