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Using a Geographic Information System to Plan a Forest Inventory that Respects the Spatial Distribution of Forest Strata

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Existing forest inventory techniques stratify a territory into forest types, determine a global sample size for the entire territory, and then partition this sample size by forest type. Sampling units are then located within the appropriate stratum in a fashion that will allow the field work to be conducted "efficiently." This final step inevitably leads to adjustments in the number of units per stratum and also does not account for the spatial distribution of a given stratum over an area. This paper demonstrates how, with the aid of a geographic information system, one can obtain a sample that is "adequately distributed" spatially in addition to being statistically representative. North. J. Appl. For. 10(4):161-165.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Centre de recherche en géomatique, Université Laval, Pavillon Casault, Cité Universitaire, Ste-Foy, Québec, Canada G1K 7P4

Publication date: December 1, 1993

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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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