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Adobe PDF icon Download a printable version of the activity. Download a printable version of the Tree Tally Form and the Plot Tally Form.

How this helps you:

You typically can rely on a forester to take all the tree measurements needed to help you make woodland management decisions, but engaging in these activities will enable you to:

Part 1 - Tree Measurements

Step 1. Measure tree diameter.

Step 2. Measure tree height.

Step 3. Evaluate tree defects.

Step 4. Calculate tree volume.

Tree Tally Form
Tree Tally Form

Part 2 - Stand Measurements

Step 5. Locate plots.

Plot Tally Form
Plot Tally Form

Step 6. Measure basal area.

Step 7. Count trees per acre.

Step 8. Measure tree DBH and height and calculate volume.

Step 9. Evaluate stand density with a stocking chart.

Part 3 - Site Quality

Description: A site is a contiguous area with a more or less uniform combination of biological, climatic, and soil conditions. The quality of a site determines how well trees will grow. Common factors that determine a site are soil fertility and texture, moisture, climate, slope, and aspect. Site characteristics and their effects are explained more fully in Chapter 3: How Trees and Woodlands Grow (Adobe PDF icon PDF, page 28). In this chapter we focus on evaluating site conditions by evaluating and measuring tree attributes.

Step 10. Estimate site quality from existing trees.

Step 11. Measure site index.

Step 12. Use understory plants as site indicators.

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