Decision Methods for Forest Resource Management / Edition 1

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Decision Methods for Forest Resource Management is a textbook in forest resource management for senior undergraduates, first year graduate students, and professionals in forestry, natural resource management, as well as for other fields of environmental science. The essential modern decision methods used in the scientific management of forests are reviewed. Balanced treatment of ecological and economic impacts of alternative management decisions provide input for both even-aged and uneven-aged forests. The relevant decision methods are simply presented using algebra and spreadsheet models along with a wide variety of examples.

Key Features:
Simple, concise, and rigorous treatment of modern methods
In-depth coverage of both ecological and economic issues
Hands-on examples with computer spreadsheets
Many related exercises with solutions
Suitable for either classroom use or for personal study

Related Titles:
Buongiorno, et al. - Global Forest Products Model (2003, ISBN 0-12- )
Johnson & Miyanishi, eds. - Forest Fires (2001, ISBN 0-12-386660-X)
Odum & Odum - Modeling for all Scales (2000, ISBN 0-12-524170-4)
Waring & Running - Forest Ecosystems, 2nd ed. (1998, ISBN 0-12-735443-3)

Audience: Forestry professionals and graduate students in forestry and natural resource management, as well as forestry business practitioners, university and government foresters, and libraries at institutions with strong programs in forestry and related programs.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Decision Methods provides an excellent foundation in mathematical programming techniques for various aspects of forest resource management."
-Ian A. Munn, Department of Forestry, Mississippi State University

"Buongiorno and Gilless...have boiled the essence of solving forest resource management problems down to concrete, easy-to-understand examples."
- Larry Leefers, Department of Forestry, Michigan State University

"The new text is logically organized and comprehensive, and should work well in the target classes."
- Jim Pickens, Michigan Technological University

"...very well written...will serve well as a text for a senior undergraduate course... and as a reference for practitioners."
—Glen W. Armstrong, University of Alberta (Oct 2003)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780121413606
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 2/6/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 439
  • Sales rank: 770,526
  • Product dimensions: 6.68 (w) x 8.66 (h) x 1.02 (d)

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Decision making for forests that are managed for both ecological and economic objectives.
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Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction; Principles of Linear Programming: Formulations; Principles of Linear Programming: Solutions: Even-Aged Management: A First Model; Area - and Volume-Control Management with Linear Programming: A Dynamic Model of the Even-Aged Forest; Economic Objectives and Environmental Policies for Even-Aged Forests; Managing the Uneven-Aged Forest with Linear Programming; Economic and Environmental Management of Uneven-Aged Forests; Multiple Objectives Management with Goal Programming; Forest Resource Programming Models with Integer Variables; Project Management with CPM/PERT; Multistage Decision Making with Dynamic Programming; Simulation of Uneven-Aged Stand Management; Simulation of Even-Aged Forest Management; Projecting Forest Landscape and Income Under Risk with Markov Chains; Optimizing Forest Income and Biodiversity with Markov Decision Processes; Analysis of Forest Resource Investments; Econometric Analysis and Forecasting of Forest Product markets; Appendix A: Compounding and Discounting; Appendix B: Elements of Matrix Algebra

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