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Base–age Invariant Polymorphic Height Growth and Site Index Equations for Peatland Black Spruce Stands

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The goal of this study was to develop base–age invariant polymorphic height growth and site index equations for peatland black spruce (Picea mariana [Mill.]; BSP) stands situated within the western portion of the Northern Clay section of the Canadian Boreal Forest region. Procedurally, equation parameters were estimated via ordinary least squares analysis using 291 mean dominant height − mean stand age (H dA s) data pairs derived from 42 permanent sample plots (PSPs). The predictive ability of the resultant height growth equation was evaluated by examining mean absolute and relative errors and associated 95% prediction intervals over 5-, 15-, 25-, 35-, and 45-year projection periods. Furthermore, using an independent data set consisting of 129 H dA s data pairs derived from 24 PSP, the new height growth equation was compared with two preexisting equations. Overall, the results indicated that the predictions derived from the new equation were unbiased irrespective of error type or projection period length and that the new equation exhibited greater predictive accuracy and was more consistent with expected dominant height development patterns than the preexisting equations. Consequently, the new equations are recommended for use when describing height growth patterns or quantifying site quality within peatland black spruce stands.
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Keywords: algebraic difference approach; asymptotic height; height prediction error intervals

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2008-12-01

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