Forest improvement is a forest management treatment in an immature stand. It is generally not a commercial harvest since the trees removed have little value for forest products due to their small size and low quality. This is an investment in time and money to enhance the forest for a variety of objectives including forest products, wildlife habitat, aesthetics, and forest health.
The treatments are aimed at improving growing conditions for the remaining trees and are applied in a variety of ways depending on existing conditions in the forest. Examples include:
• Cleaning and weeding young forest stands to remove poorly formed trees or undesirable species.
• Cull tree removal or release harvest to remove older/larger trees and allow understory trees to grow.
• Improvement harvest or crop tree release to remove some trees, allowing the remaining trees receive more sunlight, water, and nutrients. This in effect transfers the potential growth in a stand to fewer trees.
Connwood provides technical forestry assistance to guide the implementation of forest improvement practices and (in some cases) can provide timber stand improvement services.