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Goal Programming for Forest Management

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Goal programming is a mathematical procedure for the determination of a plan of action which offers a minimum aggregate deviation from a set of quantitative goals. The method is a modification of conventional linear programming and is motivated by two major weaknesses of that more familiar technique. This paper presents the technical details of the goal programming model, a review of its published use, and an illustration of a possible application to a forest management problem. Forest Sci. 19:125-135.

Keywords: Linear programming; resource allocation

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Lecturer in Operations Analysis, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University

Publication date: June 1, 1973

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  • Forest Science is a peer-reviewed journal publishing fundamental and applied research that explores all aspects of natural and social sciences as they apply to the function and management of the forested ecosystems of the world. Topics include silviculture, forest management, biometrics, economics, entomology & pathology, fire & fuels management, forest ecology, genetics & tree improvement, geospatial technologies, harvesting & utilization, landscape ecology, operations research, forest policy, physiology, recreation, social sciences, soils & hydrology, and wildlife management.
    Forest Science is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December.

    Also published by SAF:
    Journal of Forestry
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