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The purpose of this study is to establish the degree of reliability that can be placed in biomass as a means of assessing thinning potential and site productivity of immature forest stands in Maine. The above ground biomass on 205 plots representing a variety of age classes in immature hardwood and softwood stands on meso, wet, and dry sites was cut and weighed including the standing dead trees on softwood sites. In addition, 45 point sample biomass plots were located and measured in mature all aged stands. Graphical analysis was used to relate stand characteristics to age by site and species groups for the immature stands.
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Life Sciences and Agriculture Experiment Station
Forestry, forest thinning, Maine
Young, H.E., J.H. Ribe, and D.C. Hoppe. 1979. A biomass study of the thinning potential and productivity of immature forest stands in Maine. Life Sciences and Agriculture Experiment Station Bulletin 758.