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Cost Impacts of Management Alternatives to Achieve Habitat Conservation Goals on State Forestlands in Western Washington

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An optimization approach to sustainable forest management that combines proactive habitat conservation practices and financial goals across an unzoned landscape outperforms a conservative, passive approach based on minimum management within large protective zones. The proactive approach simulta-neously solves the land allocation and harvest scheduling problem whereas the passive approach allocates land to restricted uses and then sequentially schedules timber harvests. Proactive management increases asset values, improves intergenerational equity, stabilizes revenue flows, and provides better habitat—especially for species requiring old forest habitat conditions. The magnitude of these differences is very large in the case tested—the development of habitat conservation plans for state trust lands in western Washington. West. J. Appl. For. 15(4) 217-226.
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Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Professor College of Forest Resources, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 98195-2100 2: Resource Economist, Texas Forest Service, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 77840

Publication date: 2000-10-01

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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 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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