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The Line Intersect Method in Forest Fuel Sampling

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Abstract:

A method for estimating wood volume on the ground is described. It requires only a diameter tally of pieces intersected by a sample line, and application of a simple formula. Theory for the formula is presented, and practical application discussed. The effect of bias in orientation of wood pieces can be largely overcome by running sample lines in two or more directions. The method was demonstrated indoors with match splints scattered on a 54-inch square and tested on a 20-acre cutover area. It has potential value for measuring fuel quantities in fire research.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Research Scientist, Dept. of Forestry of Canada, Petawawa Forest Expt. Sta., Chalk River, Ontario

Publication date: March 1, 1968

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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.

    2015 Impact Factor: 1.702
    Ranking: 16 of 66 in forestry

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