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A Guide to Using Regression Equations for Estimating Tree Biomass

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Tree biomass is most commonly estimated using regressions of green or dry weight to tree dimensions. Rarely is it feasible for managers to develop their own predictive equations, so they must rely on published regressions and weight tables developed from those regressions. A guide is presented that will help each manager select the most appropriate equation available for a given situation. We also provide common regression models currently in use, statistics for comparing published equations, and practical examples of their application. Sources of weight tables and biomass regressions for northern species are also noted. North. J. Appl. For. 5:15-22, March 1988.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: USDA Forest Service, Regional Office, 1720 Peachtree Rd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30367

Publication date: 1988-03-01

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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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