Volume Equations and Stand Volumes for Unthinned Norway Spruce Plantations in New York

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Total and merchantable stem volume prediction equations (English and metric) were developed using data from 228 trees sampled in 38 unthinned Norway spruce stands varying in age from 45 to 55 years on the Allegheny Plateau in central New York. The equations were used to estimate stand volumes for the 38 sample plantations. The results demonstrate the potential of Norway spruce as a fiber source, having growth rates equal to or exceeding those of native northern conifer species. Average total height of dominant and codominant stems, basal area, quadratic mean diameters, and total and merchantable standing volume for the sample stands ranged from 58-93 ft, 150-239 ft²/ac, 6.5-10.6 in, 5431-8833 ft³/ac, and 4431-8218 ft³/ac, respectively. The most productive stands were generally found on well-drained to moderately well-drained soils, although Norway spruce grew well over a broad range of soil drainage conditions. North. J. Appl. For. 3:7-10, Mar. 1986.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY 13210

Publication date: March 1, 1986

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