Sustained Yield Law and Legal Definition

Sustained yield refers to the production rate of renewable resources that an area of land or water can maintain at a given intensity of management. A Sustained Yield Plan requires protection of watersheds, wildlife, and fisheries, and must abide by applicable state and federal laws such as the endangered species acts of the state and federal governments.

The term sustained yield principle when used in connection with management of such resources denotes conscious application insofar as practicable of principles of management intended to sustain the yield of the resource being managed. [West v. State, 248 P.3d 689 (Alaska 2010)].