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Estimating Stand Volume by Measuring Form Class Without Measuring Diameters

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This study presents a form-class stand volume equation for total volume which necessitates only two sweeps with a Spiegel Relaskap, one at breast height and one at a fixed upper height, together with summations of the heights of the trees selected in each sweep. The equation will estimate stand volume almost as precisely as form-class tree volume equations that require upper-stem diameter measurements on each tree. The equation would thus appear to have practical advantages for use in inventory work.

Keywords: Relascope; form factor

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Research Officer, Forest Management Institute, Dept. of Fisheries and Forestry, Ottawa, Canada

Publication date: June 1, 1969

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    Forest Science is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December.

    2015 Impact Factor: 1.702
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