An approach is summarized for estimating optimal thinning and final harvest age for existing, mixed-species stands. The method involves stand-table projection with upgrowth and mortality equations, formulated as an integer-nonlinear programming problem. Random search methods are proposed for estimating optimal cutting prescriptions. Such solution methods warrant further study in forestry, since their use enables broad application of stand-specific modeling results.
Bullard, S.H., and W.D. Klemperer. 1984. Thinning optimization in mixed-species forests. In: Proc. 1983 SAF National Convention, Portland, OR, pp. 525-529.