A Decision-Making Model to Manage or Regenerate Southern Bottomland Hardwood Stands

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A model was developed to assist managers of southern hardwoods in making a choice between two alternatives: regeneration or continued management of an existing stand. The model assigned index values to stands based solely on sample tree characteristics. Threshold index values were determined between manageable and unmanageable stand situations for three sets of management objectives. Indices above a threshold value indicated high management potential, while indices below a threshold value indicated low management potential. Thirteen stands were modeled, and the model's decisions were tested against the recommendations of expert foresters for each set of management objectives. Agreement between the model and experts ranged from 76% to 85%, depending on the management objective tested. South. J. Appl. For. 17(2):75-79.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Consulting Forester, Leland, MS

Publication date: May 1, 1993

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  • 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 Southern Journal of Applied Forestry covers an area from Virginia and Kentucky south to as far west as Oklahoma and east Texas.
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