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GUIDELINES for . . .
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Adaptive management

      The stand density management decision support process relies on up-to-date knowledge regarding the biology of timber production, and current information regarding the people, values and needs reflected in forest management plans. Scientific knowledge is continually updated through empirical observation and new discoveries. Forest management plans change with the participants, the economy and the times.

      The availability and quality of data, information, assumptions and analytical techniques are continually changing. This means that the decisions reached today regarding objectives, strategies and tactics are very likely to change tomorrow due to new management direction and new empirical knowledge. The design of the decision support framework and process permits incorporation of improvements in knowledge and information as they become available.

      The decision support process also facilitates timely revisions via the adaptive management principle. When management objectives are clearly stated, and strategic and tactical decisions are based on documented assumptions and predictions, periodic evaluation of actual stand responses to silvicultural interventions provides a valuable comparison of actual to expected results. This feedback process permits rapid adjustment of strategic plans and the selection of the most appropriate stand treatment options.


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