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Managing Goryōrin: Plans And Performance

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The first step in managing Goryōrin was the development of general plans that defined the scope and content of policy for the foreseeable future. These general plans established guidelines for detailed surveying, mapping, and stand evaluation on all Household woodland. The Property Office developed three general management plans: the first in 1898-99, a slightly modified one in 1908-10, and an ambitious "Hundred Year Plan" first drafted in 1927 and reworked into final form by 1934. Each plan set a numerical goal for the amount of Goryōrin acreage that was to be carefully surveyed, mapped, and brought under complete management within the plan's lifetime. Accessible evidence allows one to examine, in overall terms, the performance of Property Office foresters generally, and, in more detail, the Sanru operations area in Hokkaido. The general plans of 1899 and 1910 called for development of local operational plans tailored to specific operations areas.

Keywords: Goryōrin; Hokkaido; Household Woodland; Hundred Year Plan; Property Office foresters



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