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Ecoregion-Based Individual Tree Height-Diameter Models for Lodgepole Pine in Alberta

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Using the felled tree data, ecoregion-based height-diameter models were developed for lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta var. latifolia) in Alberta. A large number of height-diameter functions were evaluated, and the Chapman-Richards function was found to produce some of the most satisfactory fits. Residual analysis was conducted to identify the error structure of the models. A weighting factor of wi = 1/Di was found appropriate for achieving the equal error variance assumption. Differences of the height-diameter models among different ecoregions were examined and tested using the nonlinear extra sum of squares method. Most height-diameter relationships were found to be different among different ecoregions. Ecoregions of similar height-diameter relationships were combined to provide a composite model to facilitate the practical use of such relationships. West. J. Appl. For. 14(4):186-193.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Forest Management Division, Land and Forest Service, Alberta Environment, 8th floor, 9920-108 Street, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T5K 2M4 (780) 422-5281;, Fax: (780) 427-0084

Publication date: October 1, 1999

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