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Can Roadless Areas Be Allocated to Wilderness Without Loss in Timber Harvest Capability?

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To investigate whether loss of timber harvest capability on areas designated for wilderness could be compensated by increased production on remaining lands, harvest schedules for a western national forest were simulated with FORPLAN, a linear program planning model. A central feature of the schedules is the removal of environmentally and politically induced constraints limiting timber management on the lands remaining for timber production. Results suggest that short-term allowable harvests can be maintained even when significant acreages are removed from production but that long-term harvest capability is unavoidably compromised. Results also indicate that nondeclining yield exerts a dominant influence on short-term allowable harvests.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Forest Economist, Management Sciences Staff, Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station, USDA Forest Service, Berkeley, CA 94701

Publication date: 1984-06-01

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