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Scaling Growth Relationships from Seedling Plots Using Similarity Analysis

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Data from a small-scale loblolly pine seedling experiment established at 1/16 scale to an operational study were used to develop height and diameter development models appropriate for either scale. An additional model was constructed that analytically relates stand development between the two scales and links the size of trees grown at small scale to operational scale counterparts. Results suggest that important stand characteristics associated with forest productivity develop similarly at the two scales. The models presented here can be used to evaluate the effects of stand density on tree growth at either scale and make inferences to operational scales from small-scale seedling studies. FOR. SCI. 49(2):188–195.

Keywords: Loblolly pine; Pinus taeda; differential equations; environmental management; experimentation; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; mesocosm studies; microcosm studies; natural resource management; natural resources

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Senior Research Associate Department of Forestry, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 24061, Phone: (540) 231-7263; Fax: (540) 231-3698 Ralph@vt.edu 2: Former Post-Doctoral Research Associate Department of Forestry, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 24061, 3: University Distinguished Professor Department of Forestry, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 24061, Phone: (540) 231-6952 burkhart@vt.edu

Publication date: April 1, 2003

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