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Accuracy of Point Sampling in White Spruce-Aspen Stands of Saskatchewan

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A test of point sampling was made in spruce-aspen stands of varying ages in Saskatchewan. Basal area values for 272 circular fifth-acre plots, and for point samples (basal area factor 10) established at each plot center, were compared. Point and plot sample basal area estimates for trees larger than 3.5 inches d.b.h. were not significantly different. When all trees larger than 3.5 inches d.b.h. were included in the test, the point sampling estimate of basal area was significantly lower than the plot estimate. This significant difference in underestimating the trees 3.5 inches d.b.h. and smaller is probably attributable to bias in the selection of plot centers. Approximately 50 percent more point samples, with a basal area factor of 10, would be necessary to equal fifth-acre plot accuracy in estimating basal area per acre of trees larger than 3.5 inches d.b.h. Comparisons of frequency distributions as obtained from point and plot sampling in selected strata are also included in this report.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Research Officer, Department of Forestry, Forest Research Branch, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Publication date: 1965-12-01

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