Application of the line interception method in sampling range vegetation

TitleApplication of the line interception method in sampling range vegetation
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1941
AuthorsCanfield R.H.
JournalJournal of Forestry
Date Published1941
Keywordslarge and small range, line interception method, line transect, sampling range vegetation
AbstractThe line interception method as herein described is designed for measuring density and composition of herbaceous vegetation and shrubs. It is based primarily on the line transect. However, it incorporates a new technique for obtaining an inventory of the vegetation by line measurement of individual plants on a randomly selected sample. It appears to offer a practical, rapid and statistically sound means for sampling vegetation on both large and small range areas, as well as on small plots used in detailed and intensive studies. Field tests have demonstrated that subjective influences are largely eliminated as factors affecting inventories so obtained. The method while primarily developed for range studies should also serve equally well to measure minor vegetation and stands of reproduction in forests.