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Forest Harvesting and Environmental Protection Based on the Goal Programming Approach

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Abstract:

This study focuses on a medium-term forest harvesting problem considering the protection of environmental components such as soil, water resources, and landscape. A mathematical model that elaborates different environmental protection alternatives for each environmental component and the net present value of the forest company was developed. This is a mixed-integer linear programming model based on the lexicographic goal programming approach. The results obtained using this model show clearly the conflict that exists between the environmental protection and the net present value of the forest company, but, more important, this model allows one to obtain equilibrated solutions in terms of both the environmental components and the economic criterion.

Keywords: environment; forest harvesting; goal programming

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 2010

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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.

    2015 Impact Factor: 1.702
    Ranking: 16 of 66 in forestry

    Also published by SAF:
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