Estimation of seedling density and evaluation of woody competition in young loblolly pine plantations using 35mm color aerial photography
Heer, Richard C.
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The potential for using large scale, small format aerial photography to obtain seedling density and woody competition information was investigated. Factors affecting photo interpretation of seedlings were examined and equations to predict seedling density and woody competition levels were developed and evaluated. Two scales of imagery, 1:4000 and 1:6000 were considered to compare their relative merits for these purposes. Greater age of the seedlings and their inherent development generally served to improve photo interpretation. The amount of woody competition present in the plots tended to hinder seedling identification at the 1:4000 scale, while enhancing it when 1:6000 scale data was used. Seedling density estimation and evaluation of competition through Free-To-Grow classification predictions yielded results comparable to ground surveys. Estimation of total groundline basal area in all woody competition, and classification of the plots by the amount of hard-to-control competition they contained, were less successful. These results may have been due in part to the partial leaf fall that occurred prior to obtaining the imagery. Many of the results found in this study favored the larger scale (1:4000) imagery, and its use for the procedures described is recommended.
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