Accuair® ForPRO Advantage
The Accuair® Forest Protection Optimization System (ForPRO) quantifies the marginal volume benefits (m³/ha, $/ha) derived from protecting forest stands against insect defoliation.
Accessing consultation and software from FORUS Research, Accuair® ForPRO uses forest inventory and insect monitoring data along with forest management plans to compare the effects of various protection strategies on forest development and sustainability. Accuair® ForPRO contains extensions to allow these analyses to be conducted in tandem with existing strategic forest management optimization models (e.g. Remsoft Spatial Planning System).
These capabilities permit efficient exploration of cost effective protection scenarios and spatial visualization of projected insect impacts with and without protection or salvage.
This modeling framework was implemented in New Brunswick by FORUS Research in partnerships with the New Brunswick forest industry, the New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources, Forest Protection Limited®, Canadian Forest Service, and the University of New Brunswick.