Study Implications for “Estimating Forest Productivity Using Site Characteristics, Multipoint Measures, and a Nonparametric Approach

Defining and understanding forest productivity is of interest to a wide variety of natural resource professionals including ecologists, climate change experts, forest biometricians, and forest managers. A new method of defining forest productivity using multipoint height-age pairs at 10 and 20 meters and calculated growth rates combined with an appropriate landscape-scale stratification and a nonparametric approach provides accurate productivity estimates. This method is more widely applicable and more precise for specific locations than previous productivity estimation methods. Better productivity and tree growth information will provide more accurate estimates of future forest condition and structure.