Plot Sizes for Timber Cruising in Georgia

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Do foresters often use larger field plots than they really need for cruising timber? Tests in two important forest types indicate that they do. Relative efficiencies of BAF-10 point-samples versus five sizes of circular plots were studied in the Georgia Piedmont. Inventories were made in stands of bottomland hardwoods and loblolly-shortleaf pines. For the hardwood tract, point-samples and 1/10-acre plots provided the most efficient volume estimates, i.e., the greatest precision for the least cost or amount of field time required. In cruising pines, 1/20-acre and 1/10-acre plots ranked highest in relative efficiency.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Research Forester, Southeastern Forest Expt. Sta., Forest Service, U. S. Dept. Agric., Charleston, S. C.

Publication date: December 1, 1965

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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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