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Estimating extent of mortality associated with the Douglas-fir beetle in the Central and Northern Rockies

Posted date: January 10, 2017
Publication Year: 
1999
Authors: Negron, Jose; Schaupp, Willis C. Jr.; Gibson, Kenneth E.; Anhold, John; Hansen, Dawn; Thier, Ralph; Mocettini, Phil
Publication Series: 
Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Source: Western Journal of Applied Forestry. 14(3): 121-127.

Abstract

Data collected from Douglas-fir stands infected by the Douglas-fir beetle in Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and Utah, were used to develop models to estimate amount of mortality in terms of basal area killed. Models were built using stepwise linear regression and regression tree approaches. Linear regression models using initial Douglas-fir basal area were built for all study sites but produce low precision estimates. Regression tree models using initial Douglas-fir basal area of stand density index or both were also build for all sites. Regression tree models provide a more realistic approach to estimate potential mortality by creating more homogenous mortality classes with reduced variance. The models developed provide land managers with a basis for determining the potential mortality should a Douglas-fir beetle outbreak develop.

Citation

Negron, Jose F.; Schaupp, Willis C., Jr.; Gibson, Kenneth E.; Anhold, John; Hansen, Dawn; Thier, Ralph; Mocettini, Phil. 1999. Estimating extent of mortality associated with the Douglas-fir beetle in the Central and Northern Rockies. Western Journal of Applied Forestry. 14(3): 121-127.