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Evaluating Total Forest Resource Management

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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.
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Document Type: Journal Article

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

Publication date: 01 October 1970

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