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Sticks Plus Trees Meets 3P

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A common means of obtaining a quick estimate of standing cords per acre in Lake States forestry practice is to apply the rule-of-thumb: sticks plus trees divided by two. The rule-of-thumb assumes use of a 10-BAF angle gauge or prism. It is not uncommon that a forester will, through experience, have developed an adjustment factor for the rule-of-thumb, for example, one might reduce or increase the result by 8%, given particular stand conditions. In fact, such an adjustment factor likely should be developed on a cruise-by-cruise basis. Probability proportional to prediction sampling provides one rigorous and effective means of doing so.

Keywords: Lake States; form and taper adjustment; volume per acre estimation

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: June 1, 2012

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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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