Forest Management Planning

  • Annika Kangas
  • Mikko Kurttila
  • Teppo Hujala
  • Kyle Eyvindson
  • Jyrki Kangas
Part of the Managing Forest Ecosystems book series (MAFE, volume 30)


Forest management planning is a rather unique planning situation. In this chapter, we describe the special features of forest planning. Forest owners and managers need to take decisions which can deal with a variety of spatial and temporal scales, from one stand and short time period up to the national level and very long time horizons. Forest management decisions also have an impact on many ecosystem services. Therefore, decision-making must be able to ensure the economic, ecological and social sustainability of forestry. In this chapter, we present a historical outline of developing a methodology for forest planning and the evolving definitions of sustainable forestry. Moreover, we present the requirements that the contemporary understanding of sustainable forest management sets to the development of forest planning methodology.


Levels of planning Sustainable forest management Criteria for sustainability Sustained yield Competing forest uses Treatment schedule 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Annika Kangas
    • 1
  • Mikko Kurttila
    • 2
  • Teppo Hujala
    • 3
  • Kyle Eyvindson
    • 4
  • Jyrki Kangas
    • 5
  1. 1.Economics and SocietyNatural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)JoensuuFinland
  2. 2.Bio-based Business and IndustryNatural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)JoensuuFinland
  3. 3.Bio-based Business and IndustryNatural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)HelsinkiFinland
  4. 4.Department of Forest SciencesUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  5. 5.School of Forest SciencesUniversity of Eastern FinlandJoensuuFinland

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