The Puketi Kauri forest : an attempt to apply the quadrat method to the ecological study of the Kauri forest (1933)
AuthorsLatter, H. B.show all
At present there is no accurate quantitative knowledge of the composition of the kauri bush. This must be obtained so that when the kauri bush is put under a system of management it may be known how far the natural composition has been departed from. To make accurate comparisons possible between virgin bush and silviculturally treated stands, a quantitative ecological description is needed to supplement the ordinary qualitative description. The quadrat accompanied by a cross section is an attempt to supply this. Supposing a kauri forest is under management and is being brought into the condition of the so/called ‘normal’ forest, it is desirable to compare all the age classes of this forest with the corresponding age classes in the virgin forest for reasons which follow.