BOLE PROFILE OF EUCALYPTUS UNDER TWO CONDUCTION REGIMES IN THE SOUTHWEST REGION OF THE BRAZILIAN STATE BAHIA
ABSTRACT The study of the bole profile is an important tool in the forest production management, which is influenced by several factors, such as the stand conduction regime. This work aimed to evaluate two stand conduction regimes regarding the Eucalyptus urophylla bole in the southwest region of the Brazilian state, Bahia. The data used was retrieved from stands conducted under high forest and coppice regimes. The tapering models proposed by Kozak, Demaerschalk, Ormerod, Garcia and Garay were adjusted, being selected the ones that presented better performances regarding adjustment statistics and graphic analysis of residue for each conduction regime. The models selected were validated by the chi-squared test (α = 0,05). Considering the models selected, it was possible to estimate the value of the diameter along the bole of the average-tree, allowing to evaluate the bole profile for each stand conduction regime. The identity test of the models showed that the stand conduction regime affects the shape of the trees' bole, making a necessity to adjust a specific equation for each situation. The bole tends to present a cylindrical form in a stand conducted in a coppice regime and conical one in a high forest regime.