Simplification

A general objective is to reduce the size of the dataset as much as possible (simplifying) while still providing the model with a realistic set of roads where it would permitted to haul wood now and in future planning periods.

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The existing line work can be a shapefile or an ArcInfo coverage. It is not necessary to have the coverage or feature class built as a network, although it is important to have end nodes snapped together.

Some of the common simplification steps involve: