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A Model-Based Approach to Developing Density Management Diagrams Illustrated with Lake States Red Pine

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Density management diagrams (DMDs) are widely used within the North American forestry community. DMDs, as traditionally implemented, have some limitations, including lack of automation, poor age and mortality accounting, and inflexible product yield reporting. We propose a model-based approach to circumvent these limitations. Resinosa, an interactive DMD for Lake States red pine, takes this approach. We describe the stand-level, self-thinning-constrained growth model that is the basis for Resinosa to illustrate our arguments. Resinosa allows foresters to make quick and easy comparisons among management regimes.
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Keywords: Self-thinning; financial analysis; growth and yield; spreadsheet

Document Type: Regular Article

Affiliations: University of Minnesota 1530 Cleveland Avenue N. St. Paul MN 55108

Publication date: 2005-06-01

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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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