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Using Tree Growth and Yield Simulators to Create Ecological Yield Tables for Silvicultural Prescriptions

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Several authors have suggested using silviculture to create a dynamic target distribution of forest structures across the landscape in managing for both biodiversity and production of outputs (Harris 1984, Oliver 1992, Swanson and Franklin 1992). If forest structure (the dynamic spatial distribution and composition of tree vegetation) is known, it can be used for predicting changes in wildlife habitat, biodiversity, and output production. This paper describes a method for using tree growth and yield simulator output to classify temporal changes in forest structure associated with applying silvicultural prescriptions. West. J. Appl. For. 9(3):91-94.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Blodgett Forest Research Station, Georgetown, CA 95634

Publication date: July 1, 1994

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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 Western Journal of Applied Forestry covers the western United States, including Alaska, and western Canada; WJAF will also consider manuscripts reporting research in northern Mexico that has potential application in the southwestern United States.
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