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Board Foot Volume Estimation for Southern Pines

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Estimating the board foot volume of sawtimber size trees is one of the most common tasks of field foresters. The most often used board foot volume tables in the southeastern United States were developed in the mid-1940s. Much information has been developed during the past 50 yr concerning the volume and shape of tree stems for many species grown in many areas of the United States. Below, we show that this new information can be used to develop board foot volume tables that are species and region specific. It is shown that for southern pines, total tree height can serve as a surrogate variable for Girard form class. Since total height is more easily measured in the field than Girard form class, volume tables entered by height class may be preferred to volume tables entered by form class. South. J. Appl. For. 19(1):23-28.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Daniel B. Warnell School of Forest Resources, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602

Publication date: 1995-02-01

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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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