Modelling sawn timber volume and strength development at the individual tree level– Essential model features by the example of Douglas fir

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We designed a streamlined timber growth and quality model that aims at the effect of stand management on the efficiency of wood resource use. Applying the R based module toolbox to experimental plots of Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii [Mirb.] Franco) we analysed essential model features for reflecting the influence of planting density on board strength. The current version realistically predicted a significant increase of centre board bending strength at tree age 40 with initial stand density. Model performance gained clear advantage from a) parameterisation of height to diameter allometry as dependent on planting density b) consideration of cambial age and cross‑sectional knot area in board strength computation. Crown shape was less decisive. The model produced a significant effect of planting density even after a whole rotation period of 70 years as well as a realistic spectrum of board bending strength.

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Poschenrieder, W., Rais, A., van de Kuilen, J. W. G., & Pretzsch, H. (2016). Modelling sawn timber volume and strength development at the individual tree level– Essential model features by the example of Douglas fir. Silva Fennica, 50(1). https://doi.org/10.14214/sf.1393

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