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On Some Aspects of the Management of a Stochastically Developing Forest


  • Batabyal, Amitrajeet A.


In this paper I focus on some important biological aspects of the forest management problem. I model a stochastically developing forest as a multidimensional, continuous-time Markov chain. Next, I pose three questions concerning the long-run characteristics of a stationary forest, the stochastic process followed by dying species, and the age of an arbitrary species in the forest. I then (a) characterize a stationary forest probabilistically, (b) describe the stochastic process governing the demise of species in this forest, and (c) provide a method for determining the age of an arbitrary species in the forest. Finally, I discuss the forest management implications of the issues raised in this paper.

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  • Batabyal, Amitrajeet A., 1996. "On Some Aspects of the Management of a Stochastically Developing Forest," Working Papers 9613, Utah State University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:usu:wpaper:9613

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    1. Batabyal, Amitrajeet A., 1995. "The Queuing Theoretic Approach To Groundwater Management," Economics Research Institute, ERI Study Papers 28349, Utah State University, Economics Department.
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    1. Batabyal, Amitrajeet A. & Beladi, Hamid, 2001. "On the optimal management of a class of aquatic ecological-economic systems," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 132(3), pages 561-568, August.


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