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A MAXMIN Approach to Nondeclining Yield Timber Harvest Scheduling Problems

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This paper investigates an alternative approach to scheduling timber harvests when nondeclining yield is desired. The approach maximizes the minimum harvest during any one time period, across all time periods in the planning horizon. This approach tends to create an even flow harvest pattern, but allows more flexibility than rigid nondeclining yield or even flow constraints. The approach is tested in a case study involving conversion of an unregulated forest into a regulated state. The results suggest that the approach, in combination with other approaches, may have the potential to generate useful solutions to this type of timber harvest scheduling problem. Forest Sci. 32:653-666.
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Keywords: Fuzzy sets; constrained optimization; fuzzy goal programming; linear programming

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Professor, Department of Range Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523

Publication date: 1986-09-01

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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)

    Average time from submission to first decision: 62.5 days*
    June 1, 2016 to Feb. 28, 2017

    Also published by SAF:
    Journal of Forestry
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