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Setting Precision for Resource Inventories: The Manager and the Mensurationist

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Traditionally, managers have relied heavily on judgment when setting precision of forest inventories. The author describes a method whereby precision and the resulting sample size are based on the consequences of errors in inventory estimates and the inventory costs. The responsibility of the manager is to define and quantify the consequences of errors in the estimates; the mensurationist calculates costs of the inventory and determines the estimate of optimal precision.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Research Forester, Intermountain Forest and Range Experiment Station, USDA Forest Service, Moscow, Idaho

Publication date: October 1, 1979

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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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