Brent D. Wood, Ph.D. - Professor Emeritus
Ecosystem-management Planning Systems
The planning associated with achieving desired ecosystem characteristics is enormously
complex and only can be accomplished using sophisticated computer systems. That
has been the focus of my research: to develop computer-aided planning systems that
assist managers in identifying the sequence of management activities that will lead
to eventual achievement of ecosystem-based goals.
My approach has been to develop such systems in cooperation with those who will
be using them. Currently, I am working with the Menominee Indian Nation in Wisconsin
to develop and implement a planning system for their 220,000-acre forest. Their
goal is to achieve a "legacy forest" structured to optimize ecosystem health and
productivity. At the same time, they wish to maintain, over the conversion period,
a forest-products industry that has been vital to the economic welfare of the tribe.
The model generates strategic alternatives that provide information on the management
required in each of the next ten, fifteen-year periods to meet legacy forest and
harvest goals. Once a strategic alternative is selected, the model allocates first-period
management activities to management compartments and generates an annual treatment
schedule for the first fifteen-year period. This ensures near-term management that
works toward achieving legacy forest goals while satisfying more immediate tribal
needs to the greatest possible extent.
B.S., University of Utah, 1967
M.F., Utah State University, 1973
Ph.D., Utah State University, 1978
Dewhurst, Stephen M., W.W. Covington, and D.B. Wood. 1995. Developing a model for
adaptive ecosystem management: goshawk management on Arizona's Kaibab plateau. Journal
of Forestry 93(12):35-41.
Trosper, R.L., D.B. Wood, and W.W. Covington. 1992. Multiresource strategic planning
for the Navajo Nation with tribal publics, managers, and resource specialists. National
Indian Policy Center. George Washington University. Washington, D.C. 34 p.
Wood, D.B. and W.W. Covington. 1991. An integrated hierarchical planning system
for Navajo Nation forest lands. In: Proceedings of the Society of American Foresters
National Convention. August 4-7, 1991; San Francisco, CA.
Einbender, L. and D.B. Wood. 1991. Social forestry in the Navajo Nation. Journal
of Forestry 89(1):12-18.
Covington, W.W., D.B. Wood, D.L. Young, D.P. Dykstra, and L.D. Garrett. 1988. TEAMS:
a decision support system for multiresource management. Journal of Forestry 86(8):25-33.