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Spatial Forest Planning: To Adopt, or Not to Adopt?

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Habitat fragmentation, the size of harvest units, the cumulative effects of activities, and other forest management issues are prompting a new planning approach focusing on the spatial juxtaposition of forestry activities. Spatial forest planning involves mathematical programming techniques to incorporate both commodity and noncommodity goals with spatial aspects into a forest plan. Among the factors that encourage spatial forest planning are regulations and voluntary guidelines on the patterns of harvest units and wildlife habitat, the desirability of using forestland efficiently to meet various goals, and the need to evaluate and schedule activities across multiple ownerships in landscape-level plans. Factors that discourage its adoption include technological, financial, and personnel hurdles, as well as insufficient data with which to inform the models.

Keywords: biodiversity; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; industry; natural resource management; natural resources; wildlife

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Associate Professor Daniel B. Warnell School of Forest Resources, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, 30602, 2: Professor Department of Forest Engineering, Oregon State University, Corvallis,

Publication date: March 1, 2003

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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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