A GIS-MCE based model for forest road planning

https://doi.org/10.17221/52/2008-JFSCitation:Abdi E., Majnounian B., Darvishsefat A., Mashayekhi Z., Sessions J. (2009): A GIS-MCE based model for forest road planning. J. For. Sci., 55: 171-176.
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One of the cost factors in forest management is the development of road infrastructure. The objective of study was to develop a method using GIS and Multi-criteria Evaluation (MCE) to design a forest road network with the lowest construction cost while maintaining other technical requirements. Six road alternatives meeting technical requirements were developed using PEGGER. Then MCE was used to evaluate the construction costs of the candidate networks. The decision making group identified six factors as being relevant to the costs of forest roads. Then factors were compared in a pair-wise comparison, in the context of the Analytic Hierarchy Process to develop weights of map layers. Then weights and factors were entered into the MCE module to create a final suitability map. The total cost of each alternative was extracted from the suitability map and the unit cost of each alternative was calculated. The results showed that alternatives one and two had the highest and lowest unit costs, respectively. The results illustrated the utility of using GIS and MCE to improve the planning process.
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