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Economic optimisation of silvicultural regimes for Scots pine using dynamic programming

Brukas, Vilis and Brodie, J. Douglas (1999). Economic optimisation of silvicultural regimes for Scots pine using dynamic programming. Baltic forestry. 5 :1999:1 , 28-34
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Stand treatment prescriptions in Lithuania are based on silvicultural traditions and biometric models, whereas application of economic models still is in its very infancy. The forest yield model of Kuliesis, pine assortment tables, observed timber prices, and costs of silvicultural treatments constitute sufficient information for optimizing silvicultural regimes in pine stands, using economic criteria, namely, forest rent, net present value, and soil expectation value. The dynamic programming approach enables simultaneous optimisation of intermediate and final felling throughout the rotation. Results obtained confirm that rotation ages differ according to site productivity. Optimal rotations range from 80 years in most productive stands to over 130 on the poorest sites, when the forest rent criterion is selected. The choice of thinning regimes is less obvious due to high sensitivity to timber prices, interest rates, and other factors.

Authors/Creators:Brukas, Vilis and Brodie, J. Douglas
Title:Economic optimisation of silvicultural regimes for Scots pine using dynamic programming
Series Name/Journal:Baltic forestry
Year of publishing :1999
Page range:28-34
Publisher:Lithuanian Forest Research Institute, Latvian State Forest Research Institute Silava, Institute of Forestry and Rural Engineering, Estonian University of Life Sciences
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:Obsolete subject words > FORESTRY, AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES and LANDSCAPE PLANNING > Plant production > Forestry
Keywords:silvicultural regimes, economic criteria, dynamic programming
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ID Code:4043
Department:(S) > Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre
Deposited By: Vilis Brukas
Deposited On:22 Oct 2009 00:00
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:27

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