Estimating Individual Stand Size‐Density Trajectories and a Maximum Size‐Density Relationship Species Boundary Line Slope
Abstract:Understanding self-thinning patterns of a species helps resource managers make decisions about proper planting densities and timings of thinnings. It is generally assumed that size‐density trajectories of even-aged, monospecific, self-thinning stands consist of three phases: first, a curved approach to a linear portion that represents moderate rates of intraspecific mortality; second, a linear portion where tree density/ha (N) is at its maximum for a particular quadratic mean diameter (Dq), often termed the maximum size‐density relationship (MSDR) dynamic thinning line; and third, a divergence from the linear portion. In this article, segmented regression was used to determine what observations are within various phases of self-thinning for a loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) planting density trial located in central Mississippi. Those observations estimated to be within the MSDR dynamic thinning line phase of individual plots were combined to estimate a MSDR species boundary line slope (−1.640) using a linear mixed-effects model approach. Based on the N and Dq, where the MSDR dynamic thinning line phase was estimated to begin using segmented regression analyses, and the estimated MSDR species boundary line slope of −1.640, planting density-specific maximum values of Reineke's stand density index were predicted.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2010-08-01
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