FORS 3110: Field Silviculture

Site Quality in Bottomland Hardwoods

Activity Video

This video was filmed during 2020 when field silviculture was online due to COVID. Click HERE to watch the lecture video on YouTube.

Activity Handouts

You will be introduced to one of the best available and most broadly applicable techniques described in Lockhart (2013) at field station:

Baker, J.B., and W.M. Broadfoot. 1979. A practical field method of site evaluation for commercially important southern hardwoods. General Technical Report SO-26. New Orleans, LA: U.S. Dept of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Forest Experiment Station. 51 p. PDF (5.3 Mb)

Estimating site quality of southern bottomland hardwoods can be challenging for a variety of reasons. For an excellent literature review on the topic, see:

Lockhart, B. R. 2013. Site index determination techniques for southern bottomland hardwoods. The Southern Journal of Applied Forestry 37(1) pp 5 - 12.