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A Computer Technique for the Study of Forest Sampling Methods

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An IBM 704 computer program was used to simulate circular plot sampling. Analytical and simulation results are compared for a simple test case. Five mapped forests were run through the simulator. Bitterlich point sampling and circular plot sampling were compared. Point sampling was found to be more efficient for total volume and total basal area, but plot sampling was more efficient for total frequency.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Lecturer, School of Forestry, Univ. of California, Berkeley

Publication date: March 1, 1965

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  • Forest Science is a peer-reviewed journal publishing fundamental and applied research that explores all aspects of natural and social sciences as they apply to the function and management of the forested ecosystems of the world. Topics include silviculture, forest management, biometrics, economics, entomology & pathology, fire & fuels management, forest ecology, genetics & tree improvement, geospatial technologies, harvesting & utilization, landscape ecology, operations research, forest policy, physiology, recreation, social sciences, soils & hydrology, and wildlife management.
    Forest Science is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December.

    Also published by SAF:
    Journal of Forestry
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