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Application of Mapped Plots for Single-Owner Forest Surveys

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Mapped plots are used for the national forest inventory conducted by the US Forest Service. Mapped plots are also useful for single ownership inventories. Mapped plots can handle boundary overlap and can provide less variable estimates for specified forest conditions. Mapping is a good fit for fixed plot inventories where the fixed area plot is used for both mapping and tree sampling. However, mapping can be done with a colocated fixed area plot even though the tree inventory uses variable plots. In fact, the tree measurement plots can be completely decoupled from the plots used for measuring condition proportions, although this is not recommended.

Keywords: boundary overlap; horizontal point samples

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2009

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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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