Canadian Forest Service Publications

Forester's yield curve designer v1.0 User’s Guide. 1997. MacLean, D.A.; Porter, K.B.; Kerr, J. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Atlantic Forestry Centre, Fredericton, New Brunswick. Information Report M-X-201E. 46 p.

Year: 1997

Available from: Atlantic Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 6256

Language: English

Series: Information Report (AFC - Fredericton)

Abstract

The Forester's Yield Curve Designer (FYCD) software is aimed at helping forest management planners and field foresters in the development and validation of wood volume yield curves. It uses a mouse-driven graphical user interface (GUI) that facilitates the import and display of results from stand growth models, the comparison of potential curves with permanent sample plot data, and the creation of new curves by drawing, adjusting, and combining curves. In addition to generic input and output formats, it contains specific support for yield data used by the FORMAN+1 and Woodstock forest simulation models, several growth models, and the province of New Brunswick permanent sample plot and forest development survey (FDS) data.

FYCD is designed to improve forest management decision-making by providing a means to directly use the knowledge and experience of field foresters in improving yield forecasts. FYCD also increases the usability of valuable data from permanent and temporary sample plots by creating tools to access it. This software addresses the problem of closing the loop in the forest management planning process, that is, of getting the management plan volume yield curve information out to field foresters for validation against available data and experience, and facilitating feedback from the forester to the planner.

This report provides an overview of the primary functionality of FYCD, describes data formats used, and includes visual and indexed reference guides to all functions. An easy to follow tutorial guides the user through much of the software functionality using six exercises that reflect typical user scenarios. Sample data files are included with the software.

Also available under the title:
Guide d'utilisation du logiciel Forester's Yield Curve Designer v1.0 (French)