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Title: A Preliminary Validation and Assessment of a GIS Approach Related to Precision Forest Harvesting in Central Italy
Authors: Stefanoni, Walter
Tocci, Damiano
Latterini, Francesco
Venanzi, Rachele 
Gaglioppa, Pierluca
Pari, Luigi
Picchio, Rodolfo 
Journal: FORESTS 
Issue Date: 2023
There has been a growing awareness of the need for sustainable forest management among forest engineers during the last decades. The selection of the best harvesting system for logging operations plays a fundamental role in this effort. Nowadays, in the decision-making process, forest engineers rely on their own experience, and it is to be expected that their evaluation of the level of appropriateness may be biased. There may be a potential solution to this problem in the implementation of AHP (Analytic Hierarchy Process) in the GIS (Geographic Information System) environment. The application of AHP gives objective information and thus reduces the level of bias in deciding which logging harvest system is best to use. The aim of this study was to evaluate the reliability of a GIS-AHP approach applied to the development of the harvesting plan of a public forest estate in Central Italy. Three extraction methods were considered: forwarder, cable skidder, and all-terrain cable yarder. Thus, the GIS-AHP model was run by relying on the basic data attainable from the local forest management plan and then on detailed information provided by field data collected from 10 harvested blocks. Among these, in three blocks, the logging harvest method was changed from forwarder to cable skidder. Statistically significant differences were found between the suitability values obtained from the forest management plan and those retrieved from the field surveys for the forwarder and cable skidders but not for all-terrain cable yarders.
ISSN: 19994907
DOI: 10.3390/f14010127
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
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