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Thinning Decisions Using Stand Density Indices: The Influence of Uncertainty

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In practice, stand density indices must be estimated from sample data, leading to uncertainty in both estimates of stand density and resulting thinning decisions. We provide a statistical framework for thinning decisions based on density thresholds. We show how to assess the adequacy of existing cruise data to guide the thinning process, and to design more cost-effective sampling plans. We present this information in a series of graphs which, when used in conjunction with density management diagrams, can improve rational thinning decisions. West. J. Appl. For. 12(3):89-92.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, 360 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511

Publication date: 1997-07-01

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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 Western Journal of Applied Forestry covers the western United States, including Alaska, and western Canada; WJAF will also consider manuscripts reporting research in northern Mexico that has potential application in the southwestern United States.
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