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Scale and Unit Specification Influences in Harvest Scheduling with Maximum Area Restrictions

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This article examines alternative approaches for representing a forest region to be scheduled for harvesting, where the primary concerns are maximizing return and imposing a maximum contiguous area of disturbance restriction. One approach assumes that any two adjacent management units exceed a regulated maximum area of disturbance. An alternative approach recognizes that management units may be substantially smaller than the maximum area restriction, so simultaneously disturbing two neighboring units does not necessarily represent a maximum area violation. The distinguishing feature of these two approaches is the way in which a forest is spatially represented. A single time period, 351 management unit harvest scheduling problem is utilized to investigate whether analysis results are subject to manipulation when forest representation, and associated modeling, is interpreted in different ways. Empirical results highlight significant economic and spatial variation in harvest schedules when maximum area restrictions are imposed using alternative approaches. For. Sci. 48(4):779–789.

Keywords: Harvest scheduling; adjacency restrictions; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; modifiable areal unit problem; natural resource management; natural resources; spatial analysis

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Associate Professor Department of Geography, The Ohio State University, 1036 Derby Hall, 154 North Oval Mall, Columbus, OH, 43210, Phone: 1-614-688-5441; Fax: 1-614-292-6213 murray.308@osu.edu 2: Professor Departamento de Ingenieria Industrial, Universidad de Chile, Casilla 2777, Santiago, Chile, Phone: 56-2-678-4046 aweintra@dii.uchile.cl

Publication date: November 1, 2002

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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.
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