Cruisng timber

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  • First you must accurately determine the number of acres of forested land you will be inventorying and where the boundaries of forested area lie.
  • Next you will get the necessary tools needed to complete the task. Tools include d-tape, a builtmore stick, a clinometer, and a merritt hypsometer 
  • Determine the number of plots by using simple rules of thumb. 
  • Find your first plot. The line-plot method simple method for locating plots.  It spreads the plots evenly across your forested tract and makes traveling between plots efficient.
  • Once you have placed your plot-center marker, it is time to begin recording data.
  • To calculate how many of these trees per acre you had, you first need to figure out how many you averaged on your plots. 
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