The Forester's Yield Curve Designer(FYCD) software is aimed at helping forest management planners and field foresters in the development and validation of timber volume yield curves. It uses a mouse-driven graphical user interface that facilitates the import and display of results from stand growth models, the comparison of potential curves with permanent sample plot data, and the creation of new curves by drawing, adjusting, and combining curves. FYCD addresses the problem of getting management plan volume yield curve information out to field foresters for validation against available data and experience, and facilitating feedback from the forester to the planner. FYCD also increases the usability of valuable data from permanent and temporary sample plots by allowing easy access and display. This paper describes the primary functionality of FYCD, the data formats used, and how to obtain this free software from the Canadian Forest Service. North. J. Appl. For. 15(1):23-27.
Each regional journal of applied forestry focuses on research, practice, and techniques targeted to foresters and allied professionals in specific regions of the United States and Canada. The Northern Journal of Applied Forestry covers northeastern, midwestern, and boreal forests in the United States and Canada.