A Decision-Support System for Managing Western Spruce Budworm
- Twardus, Daniel B.
United States Department of Agriculture
- Brookes, Martha H.
Forest Sciences Laboratory
Moscow, Idaho, was the site of a workshop March 24-26, 1981, sponsored by the Canada/United States Spruce Budworms Program-West (CANUSA), on the developing decision-support system for western spruce budworm.
The Moscow meeting provided a forum for dialogue between managers and researchers on the kinds of decisions that must be made in dealing with budworm, the criteria managers and planners use in making those decisions, spatial and temporal constraints, and what components of a decision-support system are currently available or ought to be by the end of the CANUSA program.
Discussions were in small groups led by a forest manager, assisted by a CANUSA representative who served as recorder. Groups were asked to address a series of questions on how decisions are made relative to both forest and pest-management planning and operations. Groups exchanged brief summaries after each session, and all participants joined in discussing, dissecting, and synthesizing the information in several plenary sessions. From written records of the meeting, this synopsis has been prepared.
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