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Technical Note:Estimating Forest Site Productivity Using Spatial Interpolation

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Highly productive timberland is threatened in many areas throughout the Southeastern United States. Tools are needed that can provide reliable, landscape-level estimates of forest site productivity. This technical note describes a simple technique that integrates Forest Inventory and Analysis data with spatial interpolation methods to map regional forest site productivity. A case study of West Tennessee timberland indicates that highly productive forest sites may be associated with the conditions of West Tennessee bottomlands. Results illustrate the applicability of this method for the study of timber supply, land resource analysis, and regional forest conservation planning. Future research will evaluate the consistency between this and other methods of site assessment.

Keywords: GIS; Tennessee; forest site assessment; kriging; spatial analysis

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2008

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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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