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Optimum Plot Size for Cruising Sawtimber in Eastern Forests

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Calculations indicate that optimum plot size will often be less than 1/5 acre when stands in the eastern United States are cruised for sawtimber. The optimum size increases with increasing allowable sampling error and tract size, and decreasing measurement time, walking speed, coefficient of variation, and Student's "t" used.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Professor of Forest Management and Biometrics, Division of Forestry, West Virginia University, Morgantown

Publication date: October 1, 1980

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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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