Estimating biomass in northern lower Michigan forest stands

TitleEstimating biomass in northern lower Michigan forest stands
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1982
AuthorsAdams PWilliam
JournalForest Ecology and Management

Forest biomass data are now being sought by many forest managers and specialists. These data have been accumulating rapidly in recent years, but numerous gaps remain for various forest types, locations, and site quality levels. This paper illustrates how available information was carefully synthesized to generate biomass data for the evaluation and management of forest stands in northern lower Michigan. The basic approach involved the integration of published specific gravity and biomass distribution data with bolewood volumes predicted from regression equations relating these volumes to stand height and basal area. Preliminary evaluations of the data thus generated indicate that the approach should produce reasonable estimates of stand biomass in this region.