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Improving Inventory Volume Estimates by Double Sampling on Aerial Photographs

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Data from extensive timber inventories of 12 counties in western and central Washington were analyzed to test the relative efficiency of double sampling for stratification as a means of estimating total volume. Photo and field plots, when combined in a stratified sampling design, proved about twice as efficient as simple field sampling. Although some gains were made by stratifying into only two classes--forest and nonforest--substantially greater gains accrued when the forest plots were further stratified into timber volume classes. Optimum allocation of field plots was only slightly more efficient than proportional allocation.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Mensurationist, Pacific Northwest Forest and Range Exp. Sta., U.S. Forest Service, Portland, Ore.

Publication date: 1972-12-01

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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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