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A Simple Technique for Estimating Board Foot Volume Yields in Appalachian Hardwoods

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A simple whole stand yield equation based solely on basal area per acre for sawtimber-sized trees and average dominant height was found to provide reasonably accurate estimates of board foot (International) yield in Appalachian hardwoods. Separate parameter estimates were obtained for mesophytic hardwood and mixed oak remeasurement plot data and the yield tables of Schnur (Schnur, G.L. 1937. Yield, stand and volume tables for even-aged upland oak forests. USDA Tech. Bull. 560). Estimates of board foot yield per acre for the remeasurement plot data were within 10% of observed values for stands over 30 years old and within 5% for stands over 45 years old. A separate model form based on the same two input variables was developed for Schnur’s yield table data for site index classes 50–80. Estimates of board foot yield were within 10% of tabular values for stands over 45 years old, regardless of site index class.
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Keywords: Appalachian hardwoods; growth and yield; whole stand models

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2006-09-01

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