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New Zealand Journal of Forestry (1957) 7(4): 77–83
©New Zealand Institute of Forestry

Research article
Some Unusual Features of Sample Plot Design

P.T. Holloway and W.J. Wendelken

Sample plots are being established along selected sampling lines throughout the high mountain protection forests of New Zealand for the purpose of measuring changes in the vegetation, particularly those consequent on the presence of introduced animals and affecting the soil conservation and water regulation values of the forests. The present condition of the forests must be recorded as thoroughly and accurately as possible but physical factors, examples of which are given, impose severe limitations on plot design. The design adopted, a I/10th acre cruciform belt transect with internal circular mileacre sub-plots, is essentially a compromise. Items recorded on each plot are briefly listed.
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