Forestry Operations in the Next Century: A Canadian Perspective

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An analysis of technical, social, and economic trends helps predict how forestry operations can meet future demands while remaining profitable. Among the findings: herbicides and pesticides will be phased out; silvicultural systems will encourage the natural evolution of the forest; machines will be equipped with vision, intelligence, and navigation systems; and increasingly sophisticated decision-support tools will optimize forestry operations within environmental and social parameters. Such technology will allow workers to concentrate on making strategic decisions rather than on performing routine tasks.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Vice-President, Eastern Region, Forest Engineering Research Institute of Canada, 580 Boul. Saint-Jean, Pointe-Claire, Quebec H9R 3J9

Publication date: June 1, 1998

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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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