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Woodlot for Windows


Introduction

A BC Woodlot

Woodlot for Windows was developed for calculating non declining even flow harvest rates over multiple rotations on woodlot licences in B.C. It is a windows based model developed for use by operational forestry professionals and technicians specializing in woodlot licence management. It's user friendly features allow for loading data from spreadsheets, approximating harvest constraints and partial cutting, interactive harvest calculation results, data summaries, on screen graphics, and report writing.

Woodlot for Windows is the standard timber supply software used for small woodlands in BC. It has evolved with the input of many small woodland owners, the Federation of BC Woodlot Associations, Ministry of Forests, consultants and even educators to meet present needs.

The original version of Woodlot (verion 1.0) was developed in response to results from a user survey conducted by the Ministry of Forests, Resource Tenures and Engineering Branch, in the fall of 1995. It was developed to be a user friendly, easy to understand and operate model, which combines a simple harvest rate calculation technique with the latest versions of yield models, in a Windows environment. It was designed to produce basic harvest rate calculations using forest cover and resource management information readily available to forest district staff. Woodlot has been updated over the years, Woodlot version 3.2 was released in 2007 and Woodlot 4.0 was released in 2013.

Today, Woodlot 4 takes the familiar timber supply concepts of previous versions of Woodlot, and substantially upgrades them to meet future needs. It is compatable with current operating systems, includes the latest versions of timber yield models (VDYP7 and TIPSY), utilizes the latest Vegetation Resources Inventory, removes area and polygon limits, and provides other enhancements.

An important feature of Woodlot is that most summary data and calculations are displayed, in an attempt to make calculations simple to conduct and easy to understand. Graphical displays assist the user to make decisions for calculating harvest rates, and to view implications of alternate harvest rates, constraints and some proposed management activities. All polygon data and most parameters are adjustable on screen. Basic timber harvesting constraints can be modeled, and users may enter, modify, and view information on screen.

Woodlot for Windows was developed by Enfor Consultants Ltd. under contract to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, and the Federation of BC Woodlot Associations. Thank you for your interest in Woodlot for Windows software.

Woodlot Software

Woodlot for Windows software is available from the following links:

Have a Support Question? Contact the Ministry or the Federation support desk directly - refer to pg.1 of the User Guide for contacts. (For your convenience, contract support is also available from Enfor for a fee.) Thank you.

Limitations

Woodlot 4.0 is limited to calculating "non-declining even flow harvest rates". The main yield curves available are generated by VDYP and TIPSY for use in British Columbia, Canada. Users can also import custom yields.

Manual

The most recent Woodlot 4.0 User Guide can be downloaded from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations website. To download the manual, right click on the link and choose 'Save Target As'.

Previous versions of the user guide are also available. The Woodlot 3.1 user manual (June 2002) can be viewed or download in PDF format. To download the manual, right click on the link and choose 'Save Target As'.

User Support and Training

Woodlot User Support and Training is provided by the Federation of BC Woodlot Associations, and may be available from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. Please contact the Ministry or Federation directly for availability, and refer also to the latest User Guide for support contacts.

Woodlot Training and User Support is also available by contract from Enfor Consultants. Please email or call Enfor for pricing. Thank you.

Contacts

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Forest Tenures Branch
Victoria, BC, Canada
Tel: 250 387-8634
Website: www.for.gov.bc.ca

Federation of BC Woodlot Associations
General Manager
381 Pheasant Road
Williams Lake, BC, Canada, V2G 5A9
Tel: 1-866-345-8733
Website: www.woodlot.bc.ca

Enfor Consultants Ltd.
North Vancouver, BC, Canada, V7N 3Z4
Website: www.enfor.com

Last Updated: October 16, 2013