Timber Harvest Planning Using GIS

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INTRODUCTION Where should timber harvest occur, and how will it affect wildlife? Forest and wildlife managers must work together to ensure that forest management practices are meeting timber and wildlife goals. Harvesting timber provides an important resource for commodities such as paper, plywood, furniture, and many others. Harvesting timber also affects wildlife. Habitat for some species may be enhanced, while habitat conditions for other species may be temporarily diminished or lost. Forests are always changing in space and time due to harvesting and natural disturbances such as windthrow or fires. Therefore, it is extremely useful for managers to understand how these changes might impact production or wildlife habitat. In this lab, students will determine the spatial location of timber harvest and predict how the proposed harvest will affect habitat conditions for ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus). LOCATION The physical location is in Michigan's western Upper Peninsula, but the processes used to answer the spatial question are applicable to any area where timber harvesting occurs. TIME TO COMPLETE THE LAB This activity should take approximately two hours. PREREQUISITES This exercise is intended for introductory- or intermediate-level students with some background in GIS. DATA USED IN THIS LAB Forest_stands: Forest stand boundaries for study area (vector, shapefile) Rivers_streams: Rivers and streams (vector, shapefile) Geographic coordinate system: GCS_North_American_1927 Datum: D_North_American_1927 Projection: Hotine_Oblique_Mercator_Azimuthal_Natural_Origin This lesson is part of the Spatialabs collection. Keywords: forestry; habitat; land-use planning; Michigan; timber harvest; wildlife; vector; attribute queries; location queries; joining tables; field calculator; creating layouts

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