Site Quality Estimation Using Height and Diameter

Authors: Stout, Benjamin B.; Shumway, Durland L.

Source: Forest Science, Volume 28, Number 3, 1 September 1982 , pp. 639-645(7)

Publisher: Society of American Foresters

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A method for estimating site quality using height and diameter of dominant and codominant trees independent of tree age is examined. Eastern hardwoods are the test species. Two parameters define the H-D site curves: a site parameter and a species parameter. The estimated site parameters increase with increasing site index and are significantly different between site classes. The estimated species parameters are species specific and are not significantly different between site classes. Curves for estimating site class are presented. Some species reach a higher proportion of total height at a given diameter. The effects of these apparent height growth patterns are discussed from a silvicultural viewpoint. Forest Sci. 28:639-645.

Keywords: Site index; hardwoods

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Concrete, WA 98237

Publication date: September 1, 1982

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