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in: Becks; Becks > 2015-11-03

Nov 4, 2015 2:27 AM # 
I'm a boy scout. I need you to teach me how to measure the height of a tree and the width of a ditch. Is your course at least a mile long and will I have the opportunity to measure tree heights?
Nov 5, 2015 10:12 PM # 
No but you can measure the diameter at chest height and give us the total board feet of trees above 450 ft altitude.
Nov 6, 2015 1:10 AM # 
What does that even mean?!
Nov 6, 2015 1:31 AM # 
DBH (Diameter at breast height) is a standard way to measure tree diameter. From there you can look up on a table vs the tree height to get an approximation of the total amount of lumber in that tree. Board feet are a measure of lumber that is equivalent to one foot of a 2x6. All of which is useful if you want to be a forester, but not really what I would include in any orienteering curriculum.
Nov 6, 2015 1:45 AM # 
Wow. Life is a constant learning experience.
Nov 6, 2015 2:56 AM # 
How many tooth picks from one board feet?
Nov 6, 2015 2:59 AM # 
Becks - I hope you provided a better response to the Boy Scouts than this thread ;-)
Nov 6, 2015 3:14 AM # 
Oddly enough, I have a 20 BAF prism and a cruising (Biltmore) stick. Also an increment borer for taking tree cores. There was a time when I was considering forestry as a career, but a summer of fieldwork in MT when I was 16 changed my mind. Actually it was great fun, but not what I really wanted to do.

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