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Is There a Correct Stand Density Index? An Alternate Interpretation

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Recent authors have asserted that the original form of Reineke's stand density index is flawed, and that an additive version represents the correct form. An examination of the literature provides no historical or mathematical reason why additivity should be required in the original index. Reineke's stand density index, and the additive or area-based stand density index, should be considered as separate indices with different properties. The sensitivity of the area-based index to stand diameter distribution is illustrated with the Weibull distribution. Its sensitivity provides testable hypotheses that could be used in empirical studies to determine the better index. West. J. Appl. For. 18(3):179–184.
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Keywords: Stand structure; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; quadratic mean diameter

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: College of Forest Resources, University of Washington, Box 352100 Seattle, WA, 98195-2100,

Publication date: 2003-07-01

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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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