Researchers involved in this project formulated methods and procedures that identify the economic trade-offs from considering ecological, social and economic criteria in Sustainable Forest Management Planning. The work showed that practical optimized strategic planning is feasible through the utilization of advanced ecosystem modeling techniques and manufacturing optimization to provide unbiased estimates of the impact of criteria and indicators on profit, available harvest volumes and employment while also showing the degree to which environmental target are being met.
Boyland, Mark, Wells, Ralph W.; Maness, Thomas C.; Ristea, Catalin; Schwab, Olaf; Harshaw, Howard W.; Seely, Brad A.; Picard, Paul. 2004. Land management planning methods to maximize environmental, societal and economic benefits using GIS mapping. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program. Forest Investment Account Report. FIA2004MR248