|Course ID:||FORS 8450. 3 hours. |
|Course Title:||Advanced Forest Planning|
|This course is designed to provide students with the theory,
techniques, and tools associated with the most common, and more
recently introduced, operations research techniques used in
developing forest plans.|
|Oasis Title:||ADV FOREST PLANNING|
|Offered fall semester every odd-numbered year. |
|Grading System:||A-F (Traditional)|
With this course, we hope to provide students with the theory
and tools to enable them to develop forest plans with spatial
constraints, and to understand the advantages and limitations of
the different techniques. The specific outcomes for students
1. Learn the most common types of operations research techniques
for used in practice and demonstrated in the literature, as
related to forest and natural resource management planning.
2. Describe the vegetation and environment that might be present
in the future under a variety of forest plan alternatives.
3. Collect, process, analyze, project, and present spatial and
non-spatial data that are useful for decision-making and
implementing forest plans across multiple scales.
4. Assess the reliability and validity of forest plans developed
with the various planning techniques.
5. Develop key elements of the management decision and
operations process, including: a) identify key management
problems facing decision makers/ owners, b) identify management
alternatives, c) assemble data and information to evaluate
alternatives using state-of-the-art analytical methods, and d)
identify trade-offs among decision options.
1. Forest planning and planning problem formulations
2. Spatial objectives and constraints
3. Linear programming
4. Integer programming
5. Monte Carlo simulation
6. Simulated Annealing
7. Threshold accepting
8. Great Deluge algorithm
9. Tabu search
10. Genetic algorithms
11. Evaluating the quality of forest planning results
12. Advanced forestry and wildlife planning problems
13. Term projects
|Honor Code Reference:|
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with the University Academic Honesty Policy. Violations of the
policy will be vigorously pursued and prosecuted. Please
consult the policy guidebook "A Culture of Honesty: Policies
and Procedures on Academic Honesty" available in Room 1-203.