Effects of administrative land-use and technical land-form constraints on timber production at the landscape level

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Abstract:

This study quantified, across a landscape in Eastern Finland, the influence of administrative land-use and technical land-form constraints on timber production. Spatially explicit data about the nature conservation areas, land use plans and steep slopes were integrated with Multi-source National Forest Inventory (MS-NFI) data. The Finnish forestry model MELA was used in the calculations related to updating forest data and estimating different scenarios of timber production with and without constraints. In the study area, the annual volume of maximum sustainable cutting removal defined for the next 30 years was decreased by one-third due to restrictions. The presented approach could be used, for example, to assess timber availability at the landscape level. Future challenges include ensuring the compatibility of spatially explicit data obtained from different sources, identifying the feasibility of forest management operations in the restricted area, and incorporating near-nature forest management operations in the forest planning system in order to estimate the timber production.

Keywords: Forest conservation; MELA; Multi-source National Forest Inventory; land use plan; slopes; spatially explicit constraints; timber production

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02827581.2010.536568

Affiliations: 1: Finnish Forest Research Institute, Eastern Finland Regional Unit, Joensuu, Finland 2: European Forest Institute, Joensuu, Finland 3: Finnish Forest Research Institute, Southern Finland Regional Unit, Vantaa, Finland

Publication date: April 1, 2011

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