Counting the number of trees in a compartment or specific area within a forest is an integral act in forestry management and research. Tree counts help to establish an accurate forest inventory which provides valuable information about species composition, density, age structure, and overall forest health.
This data is crucial for planning forest management activities, estimating timber volume, and assessing potential harvest yields. Counting trees allows for the monitoring of tree growth rates and stand dynamics over time. It helps foresters track changes in species composition, evaluate growth patterns, and make informed decisions regarding thinning, regeneration, and other silvicultural practices.
A forest manager is able to assess the success of regeneration efforts by monitoring seedling establishment, survival rates, and the growth of new tree cohorts. These monitoring efforts contribute to evaluating forest biodiversity by identifying and counting different tree species, providing insights into species richness, composition, and distribution.
Tree counts are incredibly valuable for environmental monitoring, monitoring the impact of disturbances like wildfires, insect outbreaks, or diseases, and evaluating forest recovery and ecological resilience. The information gathered is used in research and modeling, supporting studies on forest dynamics, carbon sequestration, climate change impacts, and ecosystem functioning.
Accurate tree counts contribute to reliable research findings and the development of predictive models. But how is it done with the GFP? Let’s start with the planting of compartments and what compartments are.