Environmental Modeling & Assessment

, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 1-15

First online:

Promoting Large, Compact Mature Forest Patches in Harvest Scheduling Models

  • Sándor F. TóthAffiliated withDepartment of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Oklahoma State University Email author 
  • , Marc E. McDillAffiliated withPenn State School of Forest Resources

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Spatially explicit harvest scheduling models that can promote the development of dynamic mature forest patches have been proposed in the past. This paper introduces a formulation that extends these models by allowing the total perimeter of the patches to be constrained or minimized. Test run results suggest that the proposed model can produce solutions with fewer, larger, and more compact patches. In addition, patches are more likely to be temporally connected with this formulation. Methods for identifying the tradeoffs between the net present value of the forest and the size and perimeter of the evolving patches are demonstrated for a hypothetical forest.


spatially explicit forest planning integer programming dynamic habitat patches minimum perimeter tradeoffs