Generate Forest Landscapes Using R

This is an R program that can create forest landscapes (sets of polygons) of pre-specified spatial configurations (such as the number and size of units, average adjacency, etc.) randomly.

For instructions on how to instal the package, go to

Here is a paper written about the underlying mathematical models that are used by the program to create landscapes: . The paper is currently under review in CJFR.

Forest Landscape Generator

The Forest Landscape Generator (FLG) is a GIS based software tool that generates sample forests for model testing purposes. Based on a user-specified distributions for stand type and age, patches are generated from a Weibull - distribution and randomly arranged in a connected landscape. The program is wriiten in the Avenue scripting language of ArcView.

Paradis, G., Richards, E.W. FLG: A Forest Landscape Generator. CORS-SCRO Bulletin 35[3]. 2001. Canadian Operational Research Society. 7-1-0002.


Esri ArcExplorer Viewer

ArcExplorer is a lightweight GIS data viewer developed by ESRI. This freely available software offers an easy way to perform a variety of basic GIS functions, including display, query, and data retrieval applications. It can be used on its own with local data sets or as a client to Internet data and map servers.



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