- Boss, Daniel E.
University of Maine Graduate School
This report describes the development of cartographic modeling techniques and their applications to harvest scheduling in the spruce-fir forest of Eastern North America. The techniques permit the automatic combination of digital maps representing different thematic descriptions of an area into a single map representing a spatial model of a particular planning strategy. In the present context, the techniques were used to combine forest stand types relating to spruce-fir stocking and maturity with map layers relating to spruce mortality, condition, and protect-ability, in an effort to spatially model a continuum of harvest priorities. The contribution of the resulting maps to the planning process is discussed.