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Publication: Journal of Forest Products Business Research
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Reference ID: Volume 5, Article No. 7
Publish Year: 2008
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Title: A Multi-Criteria Timber Allocation Model Integrating Sawmilling Decisions
A multi-criteria timber allocation model was developed using a mixed integer goal programming methodology to analyze tradeoffs between sustainable forest management criteria. By integrating the sawmilling decisions into the model, the effects of sawmilling operations on sustainability criteria could be
analyzed. The multi-criteria timber allocation model was demonstrated with five sustainable forest management criteria: profit, employment, wildlife, recreation, and visual quality. In a case analysis, timber in 463 forest stewardship units was optimally allocated to either of three forest products companies (sawmills) or
to reserve. To model the sustainable forest management conditions (SFMCase), equal relative weights were assigned to the five criteria. The SFMCase provided optimal allocation results which, in contrast with the current, profit-based allocation policy (Base Case), considered both the efficiencies of the three sawmilling
operations and the sustainability of the regional forest ecosystem. The study concluded with a summary of the findings and future research to overcome the model assumptions and limitations.

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