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Benefits & Drawbacks to Variable-Radius Plots

For an accurate and cost-effective assessment, a forest inventory method should match the conditions of the forest stand. Variable-radius plot sampling is commonly used in the southeastern United States because it is viewed as quick and e…

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Prescribed Fire: The Fuels Component

In this second of a four-part series, you will learn the importance of the fuel component in prescribed fire.

A common science experiment in grade school is to light a candle, place a glass jar over the candle, and watch the flame g…

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Fixed-Radius Plots as Inventory Method in Southern Forests

Although an array of forest sampling techniques are available to land managers, the use of fixed-radius plots (FRPs) for forest inventories is common in southern forests.

Fixed-radius plots are usually circular with plot sizes commonly r…

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Alabama Natural Resources Council

Approximately 70 percent of Alabama is covered with forests. In addition to providing clean air, water, and recreational opportunities, Alabama forests provide the raw material for a $20 billion dollar forest products indu…

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Best Management Practices for Timber Harvesters

These best management practices help loggers, foresters, and landowners reduce erosion potential during and after timber harvesting activities. Topics include forest soil erosion and logging impact on water quality. 

 The Water Quality…

10 min read

Prescribed Fire: Promoting Better Forest and Wildlife Management

In this four-part series, you will learn the importance of prescribed fire for forest and wildlife management. Specific elements covered will be site conditions, weather, and timing.

In 1942, R. M. Canarro, writing in the Jou…

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Calculating the Size of a Forest Inventory Plot

Forests are assessed for many reasons—to buy or sell timber products, to help make forest management decisions, or to evaluate non-timber forest resources, such as recreation, wildlife, forage, or pine straw.

Regardless o…

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