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Tactical forest planning using the scheduling and network analysis program (SNAP II) Public Deposited

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Graduation date: 1992

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  • Approximately 750 million acres, or one-third, of the total area in the United States is in forest land. The United States Forest Service, a 34,000 person agency of the Department of Agriculture, is responsible for the management of roughly 20 percent of the forest land in the United States. The cost to plan, prepare, and administer Forest Service resource management plans approaches $100-200 million annually. Public land managers emphasize integrated resource management to maintain biological diversity and protect the health of the forest ecosystem. This approach helps to achieve a balance between wildlife, soils, water, timber, visual, and other resource considerations. These multiple resource objectives are addressed in the development of the strategic (long-range) and tactical (short-range) plans used to manage the national forests. The challenge facing public land managers is to apply the general guidelines of strategic plans to the development of site-specific tactical plans which require a high degree of spatial and temporal resolution. The Scheduling and Network Analysis Program (SNAP II, Sessions and Sessions 1990) was developed to assist forest planners in the development of these detailed tactical plans. This paper will briefly discuss strategic planning and some of the mathematical models that have been used in their development. Tactical planning will be emphasized. An overview of tactical planning will be followed by a discussion of mathematical models, spatial concerns that are addressed in the tactical plan, and inventory data that are required for plan development. An application of SNAP II will be presented in the form of a case study on a tactical planning area located on the Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky.
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