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Various methods for predicting annual tree height increment (∆ht) and height-to-crown base increment (∆hcb) were developed and evaluated using remeasured data from permanent sample plots compiled across the Acadian Forest of northeastern North America. Across these plots, 25 species were represented upon which total height (ht) measurements were collected(More)
A key component in describing forest carbon (C) dynamics is the change in downed dead wood biomass through time. Specifically, there is a dearth of information regarding the residence time of downed woody debris (DWD), which may be reflected in the diversity of wood (for example, species, size, and stage of decay) and site attributes (for example, climate)(More)
Estimating the amount of standing deadwood in forests is crucial for assessing wildlife habitat and determining carbon stocks. In this analysis, snags (standing dead trees) in various stages of decay were inventoried across eight silvicultural treatments in eastern spruce–fir forests in central Maine nearly 60 years after treatments were initiated. Several(More)
An extensive statewide data set for seven conifer and eight hardwood species commonly occurring in Maine was used in the development of maximum and largest crown width equations. To establish the characteristics of open-grown trees, quantile regression was used to estimate the biological maximum crown width for a species at a given diameter. To predict(More)
Stand conditions influence the partitioning of biomass to stem, needle, branch, and root components. Using data from 4-to 6-year-old loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) trees grown in a miniature-scale spacing trial, this study determined the effect of initial spacing on the biomass partitioning of loblolly pine. Multivariate analysis of variance procedures(More)
Keywords: Coarse woody debris Downed dead wood Standing dead trees Carbon flux Forest inventory Forest fuels a b s t r a c t The amount and dynamics of forest dead wood (both standing and downed) has been quantified by a variety of approaches throughout the forest science and ecology literature. Differences in the sampling and quantification of dead wood(More)
Tree basal area (ba) or diameter at breast height (dbh) are universally used to represent tree secondary growth in individual tree based growth models. However, the long-term implications of using either ba or dbh for predictions are rarely fully assessed. In this analysis, Dba and Ddbh increment equations were fit to identical datasets gathered from six(More)
This study used permanent sample plot data from the USDA Forest Service's Forest Inventory and Analysis database to benchmark and calibrate three key submodels of the Forest Vegetation Simulator-Northeast variant (FVS-NE). Model predictions for total tree height (ht) and 5-year diameter (⌬dbh 5) and height increment (⌬ht 5) for the 20 most abundant species(More)
Snags are an important component of forest structure and a key carbon pool, but there is currently a limited understanding of their survival and decay in the Acadian region of North America. Using standing and fallen snag observations collected from permanent sample plot (PSP) remeasurements at a long-term, replicated silviculture methods experiment in(More)
Background: Refined estimation of carbon (C) stocks within forest ecosystems is a critical component of efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the effects of projected climate change through forest C management. Specifically, belowground C stocks are currently estimated in the United States' national greenhouse gas inventory (US NGHGI)(More)