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A Two-Stage, Multiple Objective Mathematical Programming Approach to Optimal Thinning and Harvesting

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This article describes a two-stage approach to the problem of determining optimal stand management regimes for a forest consisting of a large number of different stands. Several, possibly conflicting, objectives over a variable planning horizon are recognized. The first stage of the analysis uses multiple objective dynamic programming to find all so-called efficient thinning and clear-felling regimes for a given type of stand. In the second stage, these efficient regimes are combined in a multiple objective linear programming model to formulate optimal multicriteria management policies for a total forest consisting of a large number of different stands. Forest Sci. 674-686.

Keywords: Dynamic programming; linear programming model

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Senior Lecturer in Forestry, School of Forestry, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

Publication date: December 1, 1980

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