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Prediction of Scenic Quality for Southern Pine Stands

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Statistical models which predict scenic beauty from an in-stand viewer perspective were developed for southern pine stands more than 9 years old. These models indicate that stand age, average stand diameter, and stand stocking density are positively related to scenic quality assessments by the general public. However, the models also show that the number of stems in the 1 to 5 inch dbh classes is related to scenic quality in a negative quadratic fashion. The highest scenic quality for stands of differing ages and average tree diameters is when the sapling and pole stocking is between 1,100 and 1,200 per acre, past which scenic quality will decrease. Results also indicate that optimal stand density is dependent upon stand age. Forest Sci. 32:769-778.

Keywords: Statistical models

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Project Leader, USDA Forest Service, Southeastern Forest Experiment Station, Athens, GA

Publication date: 1986-09-01

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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.
    Forest Science is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December.

    2015 Impact Factor: 1.702
    Ranking: 16 of 66 in forestry

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