Strategy for Building a Location-Specific, Multi-Purpose Information System for Wildland Management

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Contemporary legal, political, and economic considerations mandate improved and sophisticated use of land-management information. An analytical, location-specific, multi-purpose information system at the local level can be based on the application of explicit models, or "rules," to a set of objectively defined biological, physical, and human-use descriptors of the land. Practical requirements for implementing the system include conducting an information needs assessment, setting an agenda for system elements, establishing a computer system, organizationally taking a shared rather than purely functional approach, and, most importantly, making some high-level strategic decisions to initiate the system.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Professor of Forest Economics and Head of the Department of Forestry and Outdoor Recreation, Utah State University, Logan

Publication date: July 1, 1980

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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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