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Bole Area as an Expression of Growing Stock

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Board-foot volume gives a good measure of the merchantable wood capital in a reserved stand left after selective cutting but not of its growth potential. The latter depends primarily on the amount of stem cambium, which can best be measured by bole area. The following article illustrates the usefulness of bole area in predictions of future growth and shows how it may be determined for single trees or stands.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Chief, Division of Silvics, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station, maintained by the U. S. Forest Service at Fort Collins, Colo., in cooperation with Colorado State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts.

Publication date: 1943-12-01

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