Canadian Forest Service Publications

Polymorphic height and site index curves for lodgepole pine in Alberta. 1989. Cieszewski, C.J.; Bella, I.E. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 19(9): 1151-1160.

Year: 1989

Issued by: Northern Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 30259

Language: English

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This new, biologically based, nonlinear regression model produces polymorphic site index and height curves as a function of prediction age and a height at any age. The curves are constrained to pass through the origin and appropriate heights at any index age. The model was parametrized on 970 stem-analyzed trees and tested on tree measurements from 147 permanent sample plots. Compared with other lodgepole pine (Pinuscontorta var. latifolia Engelm.) height models in Alberta, this model had fewer parameters, yet showed better accuracy and precision than the other models. Above all, the new model provides compatible site index and height estimates, and it can predict height without prior knowledge of site index.