Dynamic Site Index Equation for Thinned Stands of Even-Aged Natural Longleaf Pine

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A dynamic site equation derived using the generalized algebraic difference approach was developed for thinned stands of natural longleaf pine (Pinus palustris Mill.) in the East Gulf region of the United States using 40 years of measurements on 285 permanent plots. The base model predicts height growth of trees once they reach 4.5 ft and was fit using a varying parameter for each tree and global parameters that are constant for all 3,267 trees. Parameters were estimated in one step using the dummy variable approach and a first-order autoregressive error term to account for serial correlation. The final base-age invariant equation allows the user to specify the number of years required for trees to reach 4.5 ft in height.

Keywords: Pinus palustris; base-age invariant; grass stage; height growth; natural stands; site quality

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 2010

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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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