Visual Forester Professional or (VFP) is a long-term forestry management simulator with user configurable planning horizons from 20 to 200 years. Presently, VFP is focused on simulating the complex and unique forest ecosystems found in California, which, has one of the most progressive Forest Practices Acts in the country.
We at Alpine have sought to keep the free will of each person conducting simulations first in mind. There is no right or wrong way to manage a VFP forest. However, if you do mismanage your inventory, it won’t be for lack of data. The goal here is to convey the benefits of the Forest Practice Rules, and to demonstrate why those rules are in place.
Visual Forester Professional enables users to simulate the most critical stand dynamics and management choices found in the real world with visually stunning detail and analytical depth. To accomplish this, VFP accounts for differences in tree growth through site simulation, driven by the most appropriate growth models created decades ago at prestigious universities.
VFP also utilizes real time inventory monitoring. This means that the smallest changes, even if you were to cut only one tree, will always be represented accurately throughout the entire data set. Building this architecture was crucial to the functionality VFP includes today. It has allowed us to monitor inventory in detail and derive accurate thematics that record change over time in almost every category imaginable.
The simulation of silvicultural practices provided by VFP have been created in accordance with the detailed regulations provided by California's Board of Forestry. At the present time there are over 18 silvicultural procedures that may be applied over the 640 acre landscape.