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Implications of Goal Programming in Forest Resource Allocation

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Goal programming, utilizing a preemptive priority formulation, is described and compared to linear programming to evaluate its effectiveness in solving public forest resource allocation problems. The logic used is that of welfare economics. It is concluded that goal programming does not, in general, generate the theoretically desirable solution to the public resource allocation problem. Goal programming is then analyzed as a "satisficing" algorithm and as a production feasibility test. The possibilities of failure in these applications are also pointed out. A sensitivity analysis on an example problem is included to demonstrate the theoretical conclusions made. Finally, policy-oriented conclusions are drawn and recommendations concerning the use of the goal programming are presented. Forest Sci. 25:535-543.

Keywords: Land management planning; constrained optimization; linear programming; operations research

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Forest Economist, Systems Applications Unit for Land Management Planning, USDA Forest Service, Fort Collins, Colorado

Publication date: December 1, 1979

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