New Forests

, Volume 29, Issue 3, pp 207–219 | Cite as

Determining the optimal selective harvest strategy for mixed-species stands with a transition matrix growth model

  • Qingyu Hao
  • Fanrui Meng
  • Yuping Zhou
  • Jingxin Wang


An optimization model was developed to determine the optimal harvesting strategy needed for uneven-aged mixed-species stands in the Changbai Mountain region of northeast of China. The model takes into account four variables including residual basal area (RBA), the diameter of the largest tree, harvest cycle and a constant representing the ratio of the number of trees in a given diameter class to those in the next larger diameter class (‘q’). According to model simulations, under the objective of maximizing net revenue, the optimal harvesting strategy is defined when the residual basal area equals to 19 m2 ha−1, the diameter of the largest tree equals to 44 cm, q 1.3 and the harvest cycle equals to 20 years. If the objective is to maximize the total volume yield, the optimal harvesting strategy is defined when RBA equals to 13 m2 ha−1, the diameter of the largest tree equals to 36 cm and the constant ‘q’ equals to 1.9 and the harvest cycle equals to 15 years.


Broad-leaved mixed-species stands Growth and yield Harvest strategy Matrix model Optimization model 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Qingyu Hao
    • 1
  • Fanrui Meng
    • 2
  • Yuping Zhou
    • 1
  • Jingxin Wang
    • 3
  1. 1.College of ForestryBeihua UniversityJilinChina
  2. 2.Faculty of Forestry and Environmental ManagementUniversity of New Brunswick, FrederictonCanada
  3. 3.Division of ForestryWest Virginia UniversityMorgantownUSA

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