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Sample Scaling for Timber Sales

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Sample scaling apparently can be responsible for a considerable reduction in the total cost of conducting a timber sale. This saving is, of course, offset by differences between total sale value as estimated from the sample and the total value that would result from scaling all logs. Such differences will tend to favor neither the buyer nor the seller if reasonable care is taken in selecting the sample. However, there is always a chance, as in any sampling venture, that a large difference will occur. This chance can be made acceptably small by increasing sample size and by using the most efficient sampling method. A sampling method which involves weighing all loads of logs was found to be more costly for equal precision than another method which requires sample sealing only and no weighing. However, the method which requires weighing would perhaps be more efficient whenever load weights are inexpensive and whenever load weights vary considerably.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: County Forester, Eureka, Calif.

Publication date: May 1, 1963

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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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