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Special Issue "Forest Management Strategies for an Ecologically, Economically and Socially Sustainable Future"

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Forest Economics and Human Dimensions".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Verena C. Griess

University of British Columbia, Department of Forest Resources Management, 2424 Main Mall, Vancouver BC, V6T1Z4, Canada
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Interests: Forest management planning; close to nature forestry; landscape level planning
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Carola Paul

University of Goettingen, Department of Forest Economics and Sustainable Land-use Planning, Büsgenweg 1, 37077 Goettingen, Germany
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Interests: forest economics and sustainable land-use

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

With a growing global population, natural ecosystems that form the basis for our well-being are experiencing substantial challenges. Those challenges arise from an increasing demand for natural resources, such as timber, metals, oil or gas, and the related change processes that lead to an increase in natural disturbances. Meanwhile, demands regarding which values or services ecosystems should be managed for are increasing.

The idea of applying the principles of sustainable management to deal with such challenges originated from forestry over 300 hundred years ago and has since found its way into many disciplines. However, forests are still widely managed for a single product or service (e.g., timber production, or the provision of clean water). The disciplines congregating under forest sciences are however in the unique position to showcase how to design and implement management activities that maintain productive and fully functional ecosystems.

For this Special Issue we encourage authors to submit studies from all fields, including experimental studies, monitoring approaches and modelling approaches aimed to promote strategies for socially, environmentally and economically successful multi-objective management of forest ecosystems.

Prof. Dr. Verena C. Griess
Prof. Dr. Carola Paul
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Forests is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Forest management
  • Land use planning
  • Ecosystem services
  • Strategic planning
  • Silviculture
  • Multi-use Forestry
  • Forest economics

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Open AccessArticle Modeling Lean and Agile Approaches: A Western Canadian Forest Company Case Study
Forests 2018, 9(9), 529; https://doi.org/10.3390/f9090529
Received: 17 August 2018 / Accepted: 24 August 2018 / Published: 31 August 2018
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In the forest supply chain of the coast of British Columbia, the material flows are directed toward the push production of commodity products. This industry has not adopted lean and agile principles due to unclear economic impacts on the supply chain in changing [...] Read more.
In the forest supply chain of the coast of British Columbia, the material flows are directed toward the push production of commodity products. This industry has not adopted lean and agile principles due to unclear economic impacts on the supply chain in changing market conditions. We tested the ability of lean and agile principles to improve performance in the coastal integrated forest industry. Mixed integer programming formulations were subject to over–under production capacity, and over–under demand fulfillment penalties to emulate agile, lean, and hybrid manufacturing environments, when solving the planning problem. Assuming that the coastal integrated forest industry performs as a hybrid environment, the profit results of each manufacturing environment were judged. The results show that, opportunities for profit improvement were 11% for adopting an agile environment when demand was stable with low variation and large batches of production. However, profit improvement was non-existent when the same demand attributes apply but with high variation. The opportunities for profit improvement were 12% when an agile environment or lean environment was adopted when demand was stable with low variation and small batches of production. However, opportunities for profit improvements of 15% existed for adopting an agile environment when demand was unstable with high variation and small batches of production. Full article

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