What is Basal Area?Oct 09, 2019
DBH, Height, BA.
DBH (Diameter At Breast Height):
BA (Basal Area):
A basal area reading of 50 in a pine stand can mean a young pine stand, a poorly growing stand, or a heavily thinned stand, or a larger, second-thinned, mature stand. Without the DBH and height measurements, along with AGE, I cannot say whether “50” is on tract for your goals or not.
But you know generally what different “sizes” of pants mean... what 2, 4, 8, 12 + means- but then there’s the long, short, petite, tall sizes and of course the styles... curvy, bootcut, skinny, and so forth. You and I both know that saying someone should buy you a “size 6” is not the end of the story. You need to add WHAT brand you need in that size AND what STYLE... I might be a size 2 for Old Navy “curvy bootleg” and a size 6 for Banana Republic “modern skinny fit”...
In both cases the number can give you a possible picture, but ultimately a number is just a number without the rest of the information.
Although your management recommendations will often be provided to you in terms of basal area, that doesn't mean the other measurement factors AREN'T important. They are just as important to provide that "full" picture of your landscape.
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