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Point Relascope Sampling: A New Way to Assess Downed Coarse Woody Debris

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This article presents a practical review of one of two recently developed methods for sampling downed coarse woody debris in forest stands. The method discussed here, point relascope sampling, is closely related to the familiar horizontal point sampling and this relationship is demonstrated throughout. Formulas, worked examples, and guidelines for the field implementation of the technique are presented.

Keywords: biodiversity; biometrics; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; sampling

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Research Forester Northeastern Research Station, USDA Forest Service, PO Box 640 Durham, NH, 03824, 2: Assistant Professor of Forest Biometrics Department of Natural Resources, University of New Hampshire, Durham 3: Professor Department of Forest Resources Management and Geomatics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umeå 4: Assistant Professor Department of Forest Resources Management and Geomatics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umeå

Publication date: 2001-04-01

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