What new LiDAR stand structure metrics can be developed and linked to forest inventory attributes such as lumber grade and log size class?
These literature review findings will be tested on Hearst Forest, located in northeastern Ontario (Fig. 2). Black spruce (Picea mariana Mill. B.S.P) is the major conifer species in this forest, dominating approximately two-thirds of the area. Other conifer species include white spruce (Picea glauca Moench Voss), balsam fir (Abies balsamea L. Mill.), tamarack (Larix laricana Du Roi K. Koch), cedar (Thuja occidentalis L.), and jack pine (Pinus banksiana Lamb.). Deciduous species include white birch (Betula papyrifera Marsh.), trembling aspen (Populus tremuloides Michx.) and balsam poplar (Populus balsamifera L.).