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Keyword: forest planning

Modeling forest planning trade-offs on the Colorado Front Range using MAGIS, an optimization, spatial decision support system

Publications Posted on: September 10, 2007
The fires of 2000 and 2002 catalyzed a national mandate for fuel treatment programs to facilitate wildfire mitigation, yet the issues that need to be considered when planning large landscape projects are daunting, often ending in gridlock due to planning conflicts. Hazardous fuels maps help little when planning for integrated, system-wide ecological objectives and fail to address the complex, contentious social issues inherent in the process.

The Forest Vegetation Simulator: A review of its structure, content, and applications

Publications Posted on: September 04, 2007
The Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS) is a distance-independent, individual-tree forest growth model widely used in the United States to support management decisionmaking. Stands are the basic projection unit, but the spatial scope can be many thousands of stands. The temporal scope is several hundred years at a resolution of 510 years. Projections start with a summary of current conditions evident in the input inventory data.