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The Effects of Spatial Harvest Scheduling Constraints on the Value of a Medium-Sized Forest Holding in the Southeastern United States

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Abstract:

Forest plans related to a number of spatial harvest scheduling scenarios were developed for a medium-sized forest holding using a heuristic forest planning technique (tabu search). Green-up periods of 2 to 7 years were assessed in conjunction with the two types of adjacency constraints. The results indicate for this one property that a short green-up period (2–3 years) did not significantly affect the economic value of the forest holding studied. Longer green-up periods and smaller maximum clearcut sizes could reduce the net present value of this forest holding by as much as 5 to 15% depending on the clearcut adjacency rules used. In a validation of the heuristic solutions, we found that the best solution generated with the heuristic (for three separate problems) was within 0.25% of the integer programming solution. South. J. Appl. For. 29(4):185–193.

Keywords: Spatial forest planning; adjacency; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; green-up; natural resource management; natural resources

Document Type: Regular Article

Affiliations: 1: Center for Forest Business, Warnell School of Forest Resources University of Georgia Athens GA 30602 Phone: (706) 542-1187;, Fax: (706) 542-8356, Email: pbettinger@forestry.uga.edu 2: Wise Batten, Inc. Estill SC 29918 3: Center for Forest Business, Warnell School of Forest Resources University of Georgia Athens GA 30602

Publication date: 2005-11-01

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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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