Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Schultz, Emily B.

Committee Member

Matney, Thomas G.

Committee Member

Fan, Zhaofei (Joseph)

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Science


College of Forest Resources


Department of Forestry


Black walnut (Juglans nigra L.) is a valued, Mississippi tree species with very little published mensurational data. Tree profile equations are effective tree volume predictors but are typically developed from measurements on destructively sampled trees, an impractical method on valuable species. This study developed black walnut and green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica) profile equations from non-destructive measurements using a Barr & Stroud FP15 optical dendrometer. Accuracy of the dendrometer was validated by taking both optical dendrometer and felled, direct measurements on green ash trees. Two profile models were evaluated for measured tree data. Separate equations were created from optical dendrometer tree profile data for black walnut and green ash and felled tree profile data for green ash. The Barr & Stroud allowed tree profile equations to be developed from standing tree measurements with acceptable accuracy, thus providing useful tools towards the valuation and management of southeastern black walnut and green ash.