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Comparison of Height-Measurement Techniques in a Dense Loblolly Pine Plantation

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Ninety-four trees were measured by two crews with six height-measurement methods in a loblolly (Pinus taeda L.) pine plantation. The Suunto clinometer with tape was most precise; however, it was also biased. Two methods using the Christen hypsometer were faster than the three methods based on measured horizontal distance and a method using a vertical pole and a hypsometer. In addition to technique selection, crew selection, training, and supervision were important.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Associate Professor, Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Publication date: 1979-11-01

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