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The Suitability of Reineke's Planimeter Method for Volume Determinations of Delta Hardwood Species

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Abstract:

The authors analyzed the stem measurements of 96 second-growth Mississippi Delta trees of 12 common species to ascertain the suitability of the planimeter method for determining volume. The Smalian formula was used to determine the basic volume. The planimeter method was found to give consistently lower volumes by 1.22 per cent, but it was concluded that the planimeter method approached the effective volume more closely. The authors recommend the planimeter method for volume table construction for the Delta species. Mr. Reineke, the originator, discusses the application of his planimeter method by the authors in comments following the article.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Junior Forester, Southern Forest Experiment Station

Publication date: April 1, 1932

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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