A critical output of land-use planning processes on the Coast of British Columbia is a forecast of timber supply that is available for harvest under the rules specified by the plan. Timber supply is considered a critical output because of the substantial social and economic benefits that flow to communities and the Crown. However, the timber supply forecast by the computer models used in recent analyses is biased to overestimate supply because the models do not adequately represent and consider the variables that govern timber operability. The objectives of this study are to (1) develop methods for determining the operability of spatial timber harvest schedules and (2) demonstrate these methods on the Haida Gwaii plan options. It is expected that the methods developed will be applicable to other plan areas on the Coast.
Howard, Andrew F.. 2007. Operational feasibility of forest management plans created with spatial models. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program. Forest Investment Account Report
Topic: FLNRORD Research Program
Keywords: Forest, Investment, Account, (FIA), Forest, Management, British, Columbia
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