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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.
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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: 1980-12-01

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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.

    2016 Impact Factor: 1.782 (Rank 17/64 in forestry)

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