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Volume Growth Measurement--An Analysis of Function and Characteristics in Site Evaluation

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Continued evaluation of sites in terms of volume growth as well as height growth is desirable. Previous evidence suggests that important differences between the two measures may exist and that the use of volume should not be discarded until the magnitude and character of these differences are well established. This is particularly true for research studies aimed at identifying factors in the environment which exert controlling influences on growth rates. Determination of volume growth rates is a tedious process but suitable procedures can be worked out to provide this information with varying degrees of accuracy. In site research the need is for the best and most precise measure of growth response to the environment if site classifications based on soil, topographic, and climatic factors are to be achieved. Thorough studies of the relative merits of height growth and volume growth are still necessary to provide a definite solution to the problem of which growth measure is best. Perhaps it would have been wise to listen more closely when Bates stated years ago that "The only final criterion of site quality is the current annual cubic foot increment of a fully stocked stand of the species under consideration."

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Associate Professor of Forestry, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Publication date: March 1, 1963

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