Forest Investment Account

Abstract of FII Project R2003-207

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Determining the Economic Costs of Sustainable Forest Management Using Criteria and Indicators with Differing Priorities

Author(s): Ostrander, Steve (Slocan Forest Products Ltd.)
Subject: Forestry, Socio-economics, Wood Science
Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program


This project will research analytical methods for evaluating forest management scenarios in which social factors, biological diversity and non-timber use will be considered in the form of criteria and indicators along with harvesting and manufacturing profits to determine forest treatments. The research starts with criteria and indicators used to monitor performance based forest certification and how these may be implemented in a forest to product planning model to assist in the development of sustainable forest management plans. Subsequent phases includes the development of a base case scenario for Slocan Forest Products' Invermere TSA and Radium Division sawmill, the testing of model sensitivity to varying priorities and the determination of the financial and logistical impact of forest certification.

For further information, please contact Steve Ostrander, Slocan Forest Products Ltd. (

Updated September 08, 2005 

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