Evaluating Total Forest Resource Management

Authors: Thompson, Emmett F.; Richards, Douglas P.

Source: Journal of Forestry, Volume 68, Number 10, 1 October 1970 , pp. 624-627(4)

Publisher: Society of American Foresters

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Forest resource managers are currently confronted with increasing pressures to improve their decision-making effectiveness. These pressures, derived from society's desire for more forest-based goods and services, result in management sub-groups competing for allocations from limited budgets and for use of a shrinking forest land base. This paper describes this management as a basically decision-making process, undertaken within a framework containing three essential components: defined goals or objectives; alternatives for achieving goals; and bases for choosing among alternatives. Within this context, the paper's concept of total forest resource management involves the achievement of specified goals through the most efficient allocation of available resources. The concept includes, but is not synonymous with, multiple-use management. The paper focuses on problems which arise in forest resource management implementation of the above components. Current approaches to solving the problems are reviewed. Increased applications of operations research techniques are discussed with respect to opportunities for improved solutions.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Economist, Policy Res. and Coordination Branch, Canada Dep. of Energy, Mines, and Resources, Ottawa

Publication date: October 1, 1970

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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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