If you manage forest stands with mixed species, mixed structure and/or irregular densities (spatial patterns), then you care what kind of growth model is applied and how it was calibrated. If your harvesting regimes have shifted away from even-aged clearcut harvests, then your forest structure is taking on the characteristics identified in the first sentence of this paragraph.
In September 1972, I organized a two-day forest biometricians meeting in Olympia, Washington, to explore ways to transition traditional printed “yield tables” into computer-based, dynamic “growth models”.
All organizations plan; the only difference is their approach. Prior to starting a new strategic planning process, it is necessary to recognize the past planning approaches which may have been used within that organization.
The Forest Projection and Planning System (FPS) can accept forest inventory data in a wide range of formats.
FPS is the link between your inventory and planning. While your inventory will provide the numbers for your timberlands, FPS will bring in GIS, site productivity, growth and silviculture projections, harvest scheduling and cash flow.
In early 1972, the Canadian Forestry Service (CFS) held a meeting at the Petawawa Forest Experiment Station in Ontario of forest mensurationists from across Canada to discuss the tree growth simulation program within the CFS (Honer, 1972).
The 42nd Annual National Indian Timber Symposium was held the week of June 4, 2018, in Ocean Shores, Washington, and hosted by the Quinault Indian Nation.
FBRI and WFCA co-sponsored two forest inventory workshops in 2018 titled Fundamentals and Best Practices for Forest Inventories. Dr. Jim Arney was the featured speaker and provided workshop participants with his recommendations on how to set up and annually update an accurate and robust forest inventory system.
During the week of April 23, 2018, Dr. Jim Arney and Dr. Dan Opalach participated in field trips to discuss data collection protocols with Forest Biometrics Research Institute (FBRI) Fellowship graduate students working on their Master of Science (MS) degrees at the University of Idaho (UI).