Vermont Consulting Foresters

NED is one of the forestry decision support systems most oriented towards small landowners. In an interview with the software developer, he noted that few small landowners appear to use it themselves; rather, the main users seem to be consulting foresters. Three foresters were contacted and interviewed about their use of NED with small landowners. The NED system contains a wildlife module that uses a forest inventory to estimate habitat types and qualitative likelihood of wildlife presence/absence (based on DeGraaf and Yamasaki 2001). None of the consultants interviewed has used the NED wildlife module with clients, however; instead they simply use their own knowledge to advise landowners on wildlife issues.

Source Of Description

Johnson, K.N.; Gordon, S.; Duncan, S.; Lach, D.; McComb, B.; Reynolds, K. 2007. Conserving creatures of the forest: A guide to decision making and decision models for forest biodiversity. Corvallis, OR : Oregon State University, College of Forestry. 88 pp.


Vermont, USA

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Biodiversity Conservation


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Biodiversity Conservation


Start Year

2000 ^^

End Year

2003 ^^

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Impact Assessment

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Lessons Learned

Many landowners are interested in wildlife, but the qualitative evaluation provided by the software does not provide any “value-added” to the consulting foresters who use the system; it is easier for them to simply draw on their own knowledge.

The main appeal of the software has been to calculate inventories from sample cruises.

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Sean Gordon

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2008-07-06 ^^

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