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Sequential Decisions in Timber Management--A Christmas Tree Case Study

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A timber management decision made at one point of time may affect the possible alternatives in a later decision. Also, chance events, such as mortality, are significant in such decision sequences because the probabilities of occurrence are conditioned by managerial choices. The relationship over time of production decisions, chance events and value outcomes may be represented as a decision tree. The decision-tree approach has applications to practical timber management problems. A case study of Christmas tree production in Iowa illustrates the use of this technique for ranking alternative investment paths. The practical technique integrates technical information, economic analysis, expert opinion, and managerial judgment. Through sensitivity analysis, it is possible to determine the importance of key decision factors, such as expected price and growth rate, in selection of the optimum.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Michigan State University, East Lansing

Publication date: October 1, 1967

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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