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Svetlana Kushch, , kushch@uw.edu (Presenter)
Robert Deal, USDA Forest Service, PNW Research Station, rdeal@fs.fed.us
Sandor Toth, , toths@uw.edu
Gregory J. Ettl, , ettl@uw.edu

 

Public forest management is typically guided by the multiple use principle in industrialized countries. This principle assumes that a multitude of services can be provided simultaneously on a piece of forestland. Unfortunately, forest ecosystem services are often in conflict with one another. As an example, while forest fuel treatments can decrease the long-term risk of catastrophic wildfires, they can temporarily boost sediment yields downstream and compromise wildlife habitat. We show how multiobjective optimization can be used in conjunction with a treatment allocation model to quantify the tradeoffs behind these conflicting services in the context of a municipal watershed in the Deschutes National Forest, United States.