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Some Diameter Distributions in Forest Stands of Northwestern Pennsylvania

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What does the diameter distribution of a forest stand tell the forester? The author has analyzed diameter distributions for some stands containing white pine in Pennsylvania; old white pine stumps from virgin stands logged in the past were also studied. He concludes that an all-species stand graph for mixed stands reveals little as to the age of the stand; that the graph for even-aged white pine resemblea the Gauss curve of normal frequency even in stands which are neither fully stocked nor pure; and that stump diameter distributions of virgin stands of white pine strongly suggest evenness of age and catastrophic origin of this species.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Assistant Silviculturist, Allegheny Forest Experiment Station

Publication date: December 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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