Title

Stand Level Compatible Diameter Distribution Models for Red Oak-sweetgum Complexes on Minor Stream Bottoms in the South

Advisor

Schultz, Emily B.

Committee Member

Matney, Thomas G.

Committee Member

Ezell, Andy W.

Date of Degree

1-1-2011

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 hardwood forests lack effective growth and yield predictive models primarily due to the complexity of the ecosystems. These models are important tools for relative comparison of management schemes and making sound management decisions to obtain optimal future yields. Starting in 1982, 150 red oak-sweetgum bottomland hardwood growth and yield plots were established in northern and central parts of Mississippi. These plots were remeasured in 1988, 1992, 1993, 2005, 2006, and 2007 along with the addition of new plots. A diameter distribution model was developed from stand level component equations constructed in a previous study (Iles 2008; Schultz et al. 2010). The equations created performed well when testing the predicted survival and diameter growth against the observed data. The resulting growth and yield system will be a basis for better decision making in the comparison of management alternatives as well as increased conservation and efficient utilization of wood products.

URI

https://hdl.handle.net/11668/14921

Comments

red oak||southern bottomland species||survival||diameter distribtion||Growth and yield

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