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Timber Cruising

A cruiser measuring a tree.

Cruising is the process of measuring forest stands to determine stand characteristics, such as average tree sizes, volume, and quality. The primary purpose of cruising is to obtain a volume estimation to appraise and prepare timber sales. We provide technical expertise in statistical sampling, measurement protocols, and volume estimation procedures. We provide cruising software, documents, training, and technical support.

The National Cruise System is a set of software tools developed for timber cruisers to design a timber cruise, collect timber cruise data, and produce statistically defensible volume estimates for timber sale contracts.


Software Version 2

The re-engineered software takes advantage of new technologies made available in the last decade while preparing for new technologies on the horizon. Forest Service users will need to check with their Regional Measurement Specialists before utilizing the new software.

View the Re-Engineered National Cruise System presentation: PDF, 198 KB, and/or PowerPoint (.pptx), 1.5MB.

  • Cruise Manager - setup new cruises, manage cruise data, and perform error checking.
  • FSCruiser - field data collection.
  • CruiseProcessing - calculates tree volume, biomass weight and statistics for completed cruises.

The Cruise Manager program contains much of the sale establishment and data management functionality that resided within the previous version of FScruiser. FScruiser Version 2 is now primarily a data collection tool. The following graphs illustrate the functionality of the two programs.

Pie charts illustrating the relative functionality of Cruise Manager and of FScruiser Version 2.

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