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Wildlife planning using FORPLAN: a review and examples from Victorian forests  [1994]

Burgman, M. Church, R. Ferguson, I. McCarthy, M. (Melbourne Univ., Creswick (Australia). Forestry Section) et al.

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One of tools employed for multiple use forest planning is the linear programming model, FORPLAN. The value of FORPLAN for integrated forest planning and wildlife conservation is reviewed. As it is currently implemented in Victoria, FORPLAN has serious limitations when used as the sole planning tool for wildlife management. This is because there are practical limits on the construction of sufficiently complex models, it cannot model stochastic processes, the minimum spatial resolution of available data is too coarse, and it does not directly use spatial information. Over-confidence in the projections and expectations of models used in planning must be avoided. An array of tools is used for forest planning including FORPLAN, modelling environments of other kinds, iterative research and public participation. A model is implemented in FORPLAN that uses numbers of hollow bearing trees which are potential nest sites rather than yields of different species. Although the model's assumptions are unrealistic, the exercise was useful because a scarcity of data was highlighted in the classification of old forests used for management planning, and in the resource information for mixed species forests. The most important uses of FORPLAN for wildlife planning are to aid the understanding of forest planning problems, to identify critical information that is lacking, and to provide a forum for assumptions.

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Australian Forestry (Australia)

ISSN : 0004-9158