Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University

Advisor

Matney, Thomas G.

Committee Member

Schultz, Emily B.

Committee Member

Meadows, James S.

Date of Degree

1-1-2009

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Major

Forestry

Degree Name

Master of Science

College

College of Forest Resources

Department

Department of Forestry

Abstract

Southern bottomland sites are among the most productive areas for producing high quality grade hardwood, yet the ability to estimate the quantity and quality of standing grade hardwood is almost non-existent. Measurements and observed log grades were recorded on standing trees to construct volume prediction models for individual trees. Several different modeling techniques were explored and compared during development. Developed equations predict merchantable sawtimber volume and volume by grade category in trees by species group. Two separate sets of equations were developed for each species group using either total height or merchantable height. Models were chosen based on significance of variables, index of fit, RMSE, bias, ease of use, and biological trends. The models developed to predict merchantable sawtimber and grade volumes were designed to be implemented in a larger hardwood growth and yield system.

URI

https://hdl.handle.net/11668/20044

Comments

Tree Log Grade Distribution||Hardwood Growth and Yield||Volume Prediction Models

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