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Application of the Line Interception Method in Sampling Range Vegetation

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The line interception method as herein described is designed for measuring density and composition of herbaceous vegetation and shrubs. It is based primarily on the line transect. However, it incorporates a new technique for obtaining an inventory of the vegetation by line measurement of individual plants on a randomly selected sample. It appears to offer a practical, rapid and statistically sound means for sampling vegetation on both large and small range areas, as well as on small plots used in detailed and intensive studies. Field tests have demonstrated that subjective influences are largely eliminated as factors affecting inventories so obtained. The method while primarily developed for range studies should also serve equally well to measure minor vegetation and stands of reproduction in forests.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Southwestern Forest and Range Experiment Station, Maintained by the Forest Service, U. S. Department of Agriculture, for Arizona, New Mexico, and West Texas

Publication date: 1941-04-01

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