Players in the game control characters that are "local actors" in the setting, with vested interests in the outcome of the ecological management of the region. Characters are farmers, foresters, and national park officials, with various goals and desires for the management of the region. The game balances administration of existing laws with commercial exploitation of the areas resources and the preservation of the region's unique ecosystem. This occurs against the backdrop of the invasive spread of pine trees. The game is played in turns representing one year of game time. A computer program is used to combine player input with ecological models to predict outcomes.