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The Ratio of Additive and Traditional Stand Density Indices

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The ratio between additive and original versions of Reineke's stand density index (SDI) has been used as a descriptor of stand structural complexity. That ratio also can be informative for designing efficient sampling methods and for the design of silvicultural experiments. Previous analyses of this ratio have assumed a diameter distribution without truncation, such that trees from zero to infinite dbh are possible. Truncation of the diameter distribution, e.g., by tallying only trees larger than some minimum dbh, moves the ratio much closer to one when the stand has a classic balanced uneven-aged structure. Minimum values of the ratio are found not with classic reverse-J distributions, but with sharply bimodal distributions that might be typical of a two-cohort stand. The implications for the use of novel sampling methods and for experimental designs to test whether the additive or original SDI provides better prediction in irregular stands are discussed.

Keywords: density management; experimental design; sampling; uneven-aged silviculture

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2009

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