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Stand-Oriented Inventory and Growth Projection Methods Improve Harvest Scheduling on Bitterroot National Forest

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New stand-oriented inventory and growth projection methods are helping to improve long-range timber harvesting plans on the Bitterroot National Forest in Montana. Condition of each sample stand and its neighbors, together with productivity of these stands for nontimber uses, influences the array of silvicultural schemes available for each stand. For each of the alternatives, yields for every sample stand are calculated by use of an individual-tree growth model. Prospective yields are then combined into groups for processing by linear programming to select the optimum mix of treatments and calculate the harvest schedule for the entire forest. Because growth is estimated for each sample stand before any aggregation of data, errors of aggregation are avoided and the treatments selected agree fully with plans for nontimber uses.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Research Forester at the Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station, USDA Forest Service, Moscow, Idaho

Publication date: 1980-05-01

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