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A decision support system for harvest scheduling and log processing at the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest in Maple Ridge, British Columbia

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dc.contributor.author Huang, Ye
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-16T16:48:02Z
dc.date.available 2012-07-16T16:48:02Z
dc.date.issued 2012-04
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2429/42711
dc.description.abstract This essay develops prototypes of linear programming-based models to project the harvesting level, lumber production, and net revenue of a harvesting plan in order to support forest operation decision-making in the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest (MFRF) in Maple Ridge, British Columbia. Field data were collected from 3 different biogeoclimatic zones within the research forest. Growth and yield of the forest was modeled by Table Interpolation Program for Stand Yields (TIPSY) which is a stand- and forest-level model developed by the British Columbia Ministry of Forest and Range. Then, the growth and yield data were imported into a forest estate linear programming model to forecast the volume of logs harvested from the forest. A sawing pattern model was used to design the sawing pattern and generate Lumber Recovery Factors by log diameter. Subsequently, a log-to-product linear programming model was used to estimate the final lumber production, mill working hours and the net profit for the forest. The results predict that the mill can earn $3,110,141 by producing 141,229 MBF of lumber and 298,818 m³ of chips over a 60-year planning horizon. Sensitivity analysis included different sawing patterns, price fluctuations and limited mill operating hours. Some potential improvements in model structure, efficiency, availability for big diameter log, and carbon credits are also discussed. Although the forest data and the sawmill configuration used in the models are different from reality, it will not be difficult to modify the model for MKRF. en
dc.language.iso eng en
dc.relation.ispartof FRST 497 : Graduating Essay or Technical Report (Forestry) en
dc.relation.ispartofseries University of British Columbia, Forestry Undergraduate Essays/Theses, 2011 winter session, FRST 497 en
dc.subject Linear programming model en
dc.subject Forest operations en
dc.subject Malcolm Knapp Research Forest en
dc.title A decision support system for harvest scheduling and log processing at the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest in Maple Ridge, British Columbia en
dc.type Text en
dc.description.affiliation Forestry, Faculty of en
dc.description.reviewstatus Unreviewed en
dc.description.scholarlevel Undergraduate en

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