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The Application of Two Approaches Using GIS Technology Implementation in Forest Road Network Planning in an Italian Mountain Setting

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Tuscia University, Department of Agriculture and Forest Sciences (DAFNE), 01100 Viterbo, Italy
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Council for Agricultural Research and Economics Research Centre for Forestry and Wood, 00166 Rome, Italy
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Florence University, Department of Agriculture (GESAAF), 50144 Florence, Italy
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Forests 2018, 9(5), 277; https://doi.org/10.3390/f9050277
Received: 11 April 2018 / Revised: 8 May 2018 / Accepted: 18 May 2018 / Published: 19 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Forest Operations: Planning, Innovation and Sustainability)
A well-planned forest road network is essential for meeting the goal of sustainable forest management. Forest roads play a key role in commercial purposes, fire prevention, and recreational activities. The aim of this work was to apply precision forestry in the analysis of the forest network of two forest ownerships in Tuscany. A proposal was formulated based on the information obtained regarding future forest road construction. This proposal takes into consideration technical effectiveness and environmental sustainability, with particular attention paid to low-impact logging. Two systems were tested so as to gain a better comprehension of different technical approaches. One system was reported by other researchers and the other was developed by the authors of this paper. The aim was to provide a valid instrument and possible alternative for forest managers involved in decision making. This study highlights the importance of precision forestry, even on a small-scale technical application level in forest road planning, thus helping managers and owners during the decision-making process in forestry operations. View Full-Text
Keywords: precision forestry; GIS (Geographical Information System); forest road; logging activities; ecosystem service; forest management precision forestry; GIS (Geographical Information System); forest road; logging activities; ecosystem service; forest management
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Picchio, R.; Pignatti, G.; Marchi, E.; Latterini, F.; Benanchi, M.; Foderi, C.; Venanzi, R.; Verani, S. The Application of Two Approaches Using GIS Technology Implementation in Forest Road Network Planning in an Italian Mountain Setting. Forests 2018, 9, 277. https://doi.org/10.3390/f9050277

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Picchio R, Pignatti G, Marchi E, Latterini F, Benanchi M, Foderi C, Venanzi R, Verani S. The Application of Two Approaches Using GIS Technology Implementation in Forest Road Network Planning in an Italian Mountain Setting. Forests. 2018; 9(5):277. https://doi.org/10.3390/f9050277

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Picchio, Rodolfo, Giuseppe Pignatti, Enrico Marchi, Francesco Latterini, Mirko Benanchi, Cristiano Foderi, Rachele Venanzi, and Stefano Verani. 2018. "The Application of Two Approaches Using GIS Technology Implementation in Forest Road Network Planning in an Italian Mountain Setting" Forests 9, no. 5: 277. https://doi.org/10.3390/f9050277

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