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Plot Size Optimization

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The relationships between measurement time, travel time, and plot size are examined for simple random sampling and systematic sampling on a square lattice. The total time to estimate a stand variable within a desired level of accuracy is shown to be minimal if plot size is calculated from the formula P* = P(t/m)² where P* = optimal plot size; P = any arbitrarily chosen plot size; t = travel time between two neighboring plots of size P (the distance between plots of size P should correspond to the number of plots which provides the desired accuracy); m = plot-measurement time for a plot of size P. Forest Sci. 26:251-257.
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Keywords: Resource inventory; sampling; stand structure

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Associate Professor of Forestry, Department of Horticulture and Forestry, University of Arkansas, Monticello, AR 71655

Publication date: 1980-06-01

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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)

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    June 1, 2016 to Feb. 28, 2017

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