Topics covered include:
- Making a Tree Measuring Stick
- Measuring tree diameter
- Pacing with accuracy
- Measuring merchantable height of trees
- Determining the board foot volume of trees
Video on Making your own Tree Measuring stick (13:45 minute video): Making-Tree-Measuring-Stick
Tables for making your custom stick:
- To determine which table to use from below watch the first 2:40 minutes of this video.
- A 25 inch arm reach works for most people here is the appropriate table: Standard 25 inch reach – Measuring Stick Download and print the table before you proceed with the video.
- If after watching the first few minutes of the video you determine that another arm reach would be better, download and print the appropriate table below**.
**Note: The scale on the Merritt Hypsometer, used to estimate the number of logs in a trees, also varies with arm reach. The correct interval for a 16 foot log is highlighted in yellow on each table.
If you cannot find the arm reach that you need to make your stick, just send me an email with the reach that you need and I’ll create a table for you (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Video on measuring tree diameter (4:54): Measure-diameter
Video on pacing to determine distance (4:22): Pacing-Video
Video on measuring tree height (4:28): Measure-height
Zoom Video of PowerPoint from “Measuring the Trees in Your Woods” (Approximately 1 hour): Tree Measure Zoom
PowerPoint slides from “Measuring the Trees in Your Woods” (pdf): Measuring Trees- Virtual DAY in the WOODS
OSU Factsheet “Using the Tree Measuring Stick”: OSU FACTSHEET F-62
OSU Factsheet “Measuring Standing Trees”: OSU FACTSHEET F-35
- Note: this fact sheet contains Doyle and International volume tables to determine tree volumes in Board Feet
- Other tree volume tables can be found here: Forester’s Handbook-Volume Tables