“Necessity is the Mother of Invention,” likewise necessity evolved the cruiser’s staff. Last summer while cruising in second growth jack pine we found that an eight and one-fourth foot pole is very convenient in measuring the width of a strip. In dense stands of small trees a strip one quarter of a chain wide gives a very good sample. By measuring with the pole eight and one-fourth feet on either side of the chain, count can be made much more accurately than by estimating the width of the strip. It was for this purpose that the cruiser’s staff was first used.
"The Cruiser Staff,"
Ames Forester: Vol. 19
, Article 9.
Available at: https://lib.dr.iastate.edu/amesforester/vol19/iss1/9