Implementing a New Forest/Transportation Modeling System in Minnesota

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Implementing a New Forest/Transportation Modeling System in Minnesota

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Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota




The primary objective of this project was to apply the recently developed forest/transportation modeling system to build a better understanding of transportation related factors influencing the timber supply situation in northern Minnesota. Focus was on both the likely changes in use of the Minnesota road system by the forest products industries and the likely impact of transportation considerations on forest harvesting and wood procurement practices. Of particular interest was the specific wood procurement zones for major Minnesota markets and changes in those zones over time. An important element in addressing these considerations is the dynamic nature of the timber supply situation; even without changes in timber demands, current descriptions of wood shipment patterns may be poor estimates of future patterns as forest conditions can change substantially over time. In simple terms, harvesting generally occurs in the older timber stands and the location of the older stands changes over time. One might expect a cycle in timber transportation costs as low-cost stands close to the market are likely harvested first and will not be available again until regenerated trees are of harvestable age.


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This project was funded by the University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies.

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Kapple, Douglas C.; Hoganson, Howard M.. (1993). Implementing a New Forest/Transportation Modeling System in Minnesota. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy,

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