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Recently, member companies of the American Forest & Paper Association adopted guidelines for the management of their lands that impose significant challenges to harvest scheduling. In particular, foresters face difficulties not only in scheduling harvest blocks, but even in delineating them. The spatial forest-planning problem (SFPP) involves simultaneous allocation and scheduling of cells to form harvest blocks that meet adjacency, green-up and opening-size constraints. A preliminary investigation of simulated annealing and tabu search was made to test their suitability to the SFPP. Simulated annealing yielded better solutions and shorter execution times for a number of contrived but otherwise representative problems.