Harvest decisions and spatial landscape attributes: The case of galician communal forests

Julia M. Touza, Charles Perrings, Maria Luisa Chas-Amil

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In recent years, forest management has moved towards a landscape approach reflecting a mix of social, environmental and economic values. In this paper, we evaluate the effect on harvesting decisions of the spatial attributes of communal forests in Galicia. We first model the forest landscape management problem within a bioeconomic framework, which allows the identification of optimal clear-cutting strategies. This framework makes it possible to model a Faustmann-type rotation at the landscape level. The empirical analysis uses data from communal forests in Galicia, Spain. Under communal ownership, members of a rural community have rights to forest resources, but not rights to the forest itself. The management of communal forests integrates multiple forest uses within the decision making process. Given the communal nature of forest rights, and given these multiple uses, we show that landscape patterns-fragmentation, diversity and clumpiness-determine rotation periods. © Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2009.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-91
Number of pages17
JournalEnvironmental and Resource Economics
Issue number1
Early online date19 Nov 2009
Publication statusPublished - May 2010


  • Bioeconomic model
  • Forest management
  • Faustmann-Hartman
  • Harvesting decisions
  • Non-timber benefits
  • Multiple use
  • Spatial attribute
  • Multiple-stand forest
  • Land use
  • clearcutting

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