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Butt Log Volume Estimators

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The relative residual variations of several volume estimators were compared using over 11,000 butt log measurements made by National Forest scalers on logs from timber sales in most western Regions. Two equations are recommended for general use: one based on measurements of length and diameters of both ends of butt logs; the other on length and midlog diameter. The need for an objective test of measurement methods and volume estimators is outlined. Forest Sci. 28:489-503.
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Keywords: Volume equations; log measurements; log scaling

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Mensurationist, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Forest and Range Experiment Station, 809 NE 6th Avenue, Portland, OR 97232

Publication date: 1982-09-01

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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.
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