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Forest Visualization for Management and Planning in Wisconsin

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Abstract:

Participation by the public in the management process of public forested lands has led to innovation in the visual simulation of management options. So far, visualization technology has largely been used by researchers and consultants, not by natural resource managers themselves. A three-dimensional forest visualization system, developed for use by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, incorporates a library of photographs of trees, snags, and even logging debris in an effort to depict forest management activities realistically. Managers need only limited training to quickly generate visualizations depicting a specific stand or an entire landscape in its current and potential future states under a variety of silvicultural treatments. We describe the components of the system so that it can be recreated for other regions.

Keywords: environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; inventory; mapping; natural resource management; natural resources; silviculture

Document Type: Regular Article

Affiliations: 1: Graduate Research Assistant Department of Forest Ecology and Management University of Wisconsin–Madison 120 Russell Laboratories, 1630 Linden Drive Madison WI 53706-1598, Email: amstoltman@wisc.edu 2: Assistant Professor Department of Forest Ecology and Management University of Wisconsin–Madison 120 Russell Laboratories, 1630 Linden Drive Madison WI 53706-1598 3: Professor Department of Forest Ecology and Management University of Wisconsin–Madison 120 Russell Laboratories, 1630 Linden Drive Madison WI 53706-1598

Publication date: June 1, 2004

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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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