Brent D. Wood, Ph.D. - Professor Emeritus

wood Research Interests

Forest economics

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

Selected Publications

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.