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Some Operations Research Applications in the Conservation of Wildland Resources

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  • A. Broido

    (Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station, Berkeley, California)

  • R. J. McConnen

    (Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station, Berkeley, California)

  • W. G. O'Regan

    (Pacific Southwest Forest and Range Experiment Station, Berkeley, California)

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    This paper was written to indicate some of the limited O.R. work done on wildland problems and to call attention to the ever-increasing opportunity for more effort. The first example presents a beginning approach to the problem of minimizing wildland fire costs--one which shows that a sizable increase in prevention and presuppression activities can lead to considerable savings if total costs include fire losses. The second example challenges the commonly used strategy of insect pest control--in large part because of the non-Markovian nature of the problem. The third example deals with the application of linear programming to the problem of managing a wildland area as a continuing source of one or more products or services. Finally, two examples of simulation techniques--applied to forest management and forest sampling--are described briefly.

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    Article provided by INFORMS in its journal Management Science.

    Volume (Year): 11 (1965)
    Issue (Month): 9 (July)
    Pages: 802-814

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    Handle: RePEc:inm:ormnsc:v:11:y:1965:i:9:p:802-814
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