Using historical forest density estimates to inform management of contemporary Sierra Nevada forests: Research Brief

This brief discusses and compares the two methods used to estimate historic tree densities of the Sierra Nevada. The study suggests that density estimates from distance-based estimators support the historical density estimates derived from timber inventories and reconstructions.

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Levine, C.R., C.V. Cogbill, B.M. Collins, A.J. Larson, J.A. Lutz, M.P. North, C.M. Restaino, H.D. Safford, S.L. Stephens, and J.J. Battles. 2017. Evaluating a new method for reconstructing forest conditions from General Land Office survey records. Ecological Applications 27(5):1498–1513. DOI: 10.1002/eap.1543.