Thinning decisions using stand density indices: The influence of uncertainty.
In practice, stand density indices must be estimated from sample data, leading to uncertainty in both estimates of stand density and resulting thinning decisions. We provide a statistical framework for thinning decisions based on density thresholds. We show how to assess the adequacy of existing cruise data to guide the thinning process, and to design more cost-effective sampling plans. We present this information in a series of graphs which, when used in conjunction with density management diagrams, can improve rational thinning decisions.
Natural Resources and the Environment
Western Journal of Applied Forestry
Society of American Foresters
Ducey, M.J., Larson, B.C. Thinning decisions using stand density indices: The influence of uncertainty. (1997) Western Journal of Applied Forestry, 12 (3), pp. 89-92.