The project 'Forest Planning and Mangement Tools' relates to problems of 'adapting economically sustained wood production with the needs of consumers and industry'. Investigated are mainly quantitative and qualitative aspects of wood production of trees and stands.
It is proposed to develop new growth and yield models integrating the requirements of site conditions, silvicultural treatments and desired timber characteristics. Such models are urgently needed, because the growth and yield tables in current use were for the most part established decades ago. They neglect altered and changing site conditions (due to nitrogen-input, increasing level of CO2-concentration in the atmosphere) a changing climate, and the differing socio-economic environments of forest owners. Due to economic development, forest owners are forced to produce more valuable timber.
The objective of the project is to provide new models for growth and yield and decision-making tools. Finally, integrating the relationship between growth, silvicultural treatment, sites : genetic factors and wood properties of different tree species in a user-friendly software package. The use of this software will make it possible for the first time, to view the important factors of forest production together quantitatively, making the direct comparisons necessary for decision-making more transparent and simpler. Thus, private forest owners, managers, and regional planners will have new opportunity to evaluate their management and practices.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
6700 AA Wageningen