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A Method to Assess Large-Scale Forest Damage: A Case Study

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Large-scale forest disasters require rapid quantitative damage assessments. A method is presented of quickly acquiring statistically quantifiable damage data. The method involves systematic ground sampling coupled with the use of a geographic information system (GIS), which maps damage by criteria classes and determines acreage within each criteria class. These data are then expanded by average per-acre timber volumes obtained from USDA Forest Service statewide inventories and by mean losses within defined classes to determine volume losses. Volume losses are converted to dollar values by multiplying volumes by Timber Mart South (Norris 1989) stumpage values. South. J. Appl. For. 17(4):197-199.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: North Carolina Division of Forest Resources, P.O. Box 27687, Raleigh, NC 27611

Publication date: November 1, 1993

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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 Southern Journal of Applied Forestry covers an area from Virginia and Kentucky south to as far west as Oklahoma and east Texas.
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