Equations for predicting above-ground biomass of plant species in early successional forests of the western Cascade Range, Oregon
Halpern, Charles B.
Miller, Eric A.
Geyer, Melora A.
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We present a set of 152 regression equations that predict the above-ground biomass of 38 herb, shrub, and tree species common on early successional (clearcut) sites in the western Cascade Range of Oregon. For many of these species, biomass relationships have not been modeled previously or have not been modeled for early successional sites. Biomass of herbaceous taxa is best predicted by cover, while biomass of woody species is best predicted by stem diameter and/or length. We discuss how relationships between biomass and plant size vary with site age among species of diverse growth form and life history. We supplement best-fit models with alternative equations that are easier to implement in the field or that are less sensitive to sources of variation associated with time since disturbance. To minimize the misapplication of equations, we report the dimensional ranges of all plant variables measured, whether or not they are explicitly modeled