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An Evaluation of Techniques for Sampling Forest Tree Nutrient Content. Part II. Sampling for Stem Nutrient Content

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The stem portion of the tree represents the nutrient capital removed in conventional harvesting systems. It also represents the nutrient capital immobilized in a stand. Accurate estimates of stem nutrient content are required to evaluate the forest nutrient cycle and harvesting impacts. This investigation suggests that a single stem disc, when used to estimate the nutrient content of a stem, does not estimate this content within +ACY-plusmn+ADs- 10 percent of the actual stem content. More than five discs, taken over the length of the stem, are needed to meet a 10 percent allowable error criterion. Forest Sci. 28:481-487.

Keywords: Pinus resinosa; nutrient concentration; red pine

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Professor of Forest Soil Science, State University of New York

Publication date: September 1, 1982

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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.
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