FORTOON is an educational,
computer-based, forest management game, and supporting educational
software. It is based on
the FORCAST ecosystem management model which in turn is based on
an earlier model, FORCYTE-11. The
FORCYTE series of models have been tested in several countries around
the world and found to be a useful method of ranking the outcomes
of alternative ways of managing a variety of different forests for
a variety of different values.
In FORTOON you must manage
a forest to maintain different forest values.
You must maintain jobs for local people, create economic
wealth to pay for their work and to run the sawmill, and provide
a supply of logs to keep the mill operating. At the same time, you must maintain wildlife
habitat. In this version
of the game, we only look at habitat for deer. You must also sustain
soil fertility and site productivity.
As you play
FORTOON, you may have questions about why certain things happen
when you make certain choices. You can explore some of these questions in the Management Examples
section, or learn more about forestry, ecology, ecosystems and wildlife
in the Information Classroom section.
These two sections will help you become a more successful
Chief Forester in FORTOON by becoming more knowledgeable about forests,
ecosystems, forestry and wildlife.