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A Planar Intersect Method for Sampling Fuel Volume and Surface Area

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The method requires a tally of intersections between sampling planes and vegetative particles categorized by size and shape classes. These planes may be of any size and positioned at any orientation with respect to the ground. The method applies to both randomly and nonrandomly oriented particles that approximate either circles or rectangles in cross section. Estimates that accounted for all angles of particle intersection were more accurate than estimates that assumed perpendicular angles of intersection in a cheatgrass field test. Forest Sci. 17:96-102.
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Keywords: Forest fuels; sampling methods

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Research Forester, USDA Forest Service, Intermountain Forest and Range Exp Sta., Ogden, Utah 84401

Publication date: 1971-03-01

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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.

    2016 Impact Factor: 1.782 (Rank 17/64 in forestry)

    Average time from submission to first decision: 62.5 days*
    June 1, 2016 to Feb. 28, 2017

    Also published by SAF:
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