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Sequential Sampling for Assessment of Stocking Adequacy

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Cutover sites can be accurately classified as adequately or inadequately stocked using the technique of sequential sampling. The manager needs to specify the levels of satisfactory and unsatisfactory stocking, and the acceptable probabilities of misclassifying a site. Previous concerns with knowing the spatial distribution of seedlings on the site seem to be of little consequence, as long as sample plots are tallied as either stocked or not stocked. Sequential sampling is most efficient when the stocking is either very high or very low. Data from cutover spruce-fir sites in northern Maine are used to illustrate the technique. Appropriate formulae are provided for the construction of sampling charts. North J. Appl. For. 2:5-8, Mar. 1985.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: 208 Ferguson Building, The Pennsylvania State University, School of Forest Resources, University Park, PA 16802

Publication date: March 1, 1985

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  • Each regional journal of applied forestry focuses on research, practice, and techniques targeted to foresters and allied professionals in specific regions of the United States and Canada. The Northern Journal of Applied Forestry covers northeastern, midwestern, and boreal forests in the United States and Canada.
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