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The Man Who Knew Trees

Jim Girard was known as “the check cruiser of the universe”, and probably the most famous of all timber cruisers in the 20th century.  His biography was dictated by him during a bout of pneumonia, and eventually edited and published as a short pamphlet by the Forest History Society (as they are now known).  It is a great read.  The Society website has a great many other readable articles on forest history, many having to do with Forest Inventory at : 

     https://foresthistory.org/

We would like to thank Eben Lehman (of the Forest History Society, Durham, NC), who kindly made an effort to dig this out of their files for us when it could not be found on the Internet – and agreed to make it available to our readers. 

We thought you might be interested.  It is only 35 pages long, (7,300KB in size as a pdf, if you want to download it).  You will recognize many of the same types of people that you meet today.  His final personal comments in the last paragraph are particularly lovely.

Forestry Field Reference Book

Jim Kiser (Instructor of Forest Engineering, Resources, and Management at Oregon State University) has just published a handy forestry reference book. The book is distributed by John Bell and Associates. From the preface:

"the text is meant to serve as a reference for practicing foresters and other natural resource professionals who work with field measurements as a part of their job requirements. Although primarily focused on timber and timber stand, the book also serves for typical engineering of forest forad layout with an added section on curve layout formulas and tables. The intent of this book was not to provide an inclusive set of forester's tables, but to pull together the more common tables necessary to the day to day activities..."

Contact Jessica at: forestrybooks@gmail.com to acquire a copy of your own.

Items of Interest:


 Past Features & Information

 What's New (01/19/2023)

Browse Our Newsletter Index Distribution Calculations  (01/19/2023)
The Statistics for Practical People Series
(Published April 1988 - October 1989)
Renewed Access to Jerry Leech's "Lessons not learnt at university"  (01/17/2023)
 Our 3P Sampling Collection Growth Model Users Group Archive Back Online  (01/17/2023)
Is It True That... Our series addressing myths and other folklore about forest sampling. Alumni Advantages (10/21/2022)
It's the People... Series Finding Publications (12/11/2021, updated 10/21/2022)
The Compassman, The Nun, and the Steakhouse Statistician Ratio Estimators (09/26/2021)
Western Mensurationists Adjusting Percentages (09/14/2021)
Adjusting Percentages Spreadsheet

Locating the Center of a Borderline Tree (09/14/2021)
  Move the Edge? (09/14/2021)
Downloads: Is it Better? (09/14/2021)
Things you find in the woods (09/14/2021)


Some Important People in Our Profession


John Bell
Jim King
Jim King
Harold Burkhart
Harold Burkhart

Walter Bitterlich
Walter Bitterlich
David Bruce
David Bruce
Frank Freese
Frank Freese
George Furnival
George Furnival
Lou Grosenbaugh
Lou Grosenbaugh
Ingvar Haglof
Ingvar Haglof
Benno Hesske
Benno Hesske
Bert Husch
Bert Husch

Updated 05/19/19