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Research Journal of Forestry
  Year: 2009 | Volume: 3 | Issue: 1 | Page No.: 8-22
DOI: 10.3923/rjf.2009.8.22
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A Prototype Method for Integrating Spatially-Referenced Wildfires into a Tactical Forest Planning Model
Pete Bettinger

The prototype model described here demonstrates the use of a heuristic technique in conjunction with a spatial wildfire simulation model to examine the impact of wildfires on timber harvest strategies. Within the modeling process, optimal stand-level management prescriptions are assigned to timber stands to generate an initial plan of action that leads to the highest and most even scheduled timber volume. The spatial location of wildfires and their intensity, are then simulated period-by-period. Timber stands that are affected by wildfire are re-assigned management prescriptions based on their resulting vegetative condition. The scheduled wood volume is then re-evaluated from the period in question forward through the time horizon. A case study shows the development of a plan for a large forested area (178,000 ha). Multiple simulations would be necessary to determine a range of impact for each type of wildfire scenario, since the wildfire ignition points are randomly located each time a wildfire is started. However, the main drawback of the modeling approach is the time required to generate a single simulation, as both the heuristic selected and the wildfire modeling process are time-intensive. This research represents more than a modest refinement of previously published study in this area and thus this research represents a fundamentally new application of operations research techniques to realistic forest planning problems.
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Pete Bettinger , 2009. A Prototype Method for Integrating Spatially-Referenced Wildfires into a Tactical Forest Planning Model. Research Journal of Forestry, 3: 8-22.

DOI: 10.3923/rjf.2009.8.22








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