Forest thinning for productivity and health

The March 20, 2013 webinar was on the opportunity for forest owners and foresters and loggers to thin woodlots to improve tree growth, vigor, and health.  The outline of the webinar included: the context for thinning, what to expect from thinning, forest development and clues for thinning, selecting the correct trees, strategies for thinning, and cautions plus concerns. 

Thinning provides an effective strategy for woodland owners to improve the growth of their trees.  If the woodlot is semi-mature, the thinning may be at zero cost or slightly revenue positive.  It is important to select a forester carefully and proceed under the objectives of your management plan.

Supplemental reading from the webinar:

Firewood_measurement_chart_BTUs.pdf

crop tree release of nro J.Ward 2008 Ctrl Hdwd Proc..pdf

crop_tree_tech_guide_nrs_2007_miller_001.pdf

northern_hardwoods_silviculture_guide.pdf

thinning_hardwoods_80_years_Bartlett.2013.Leak.NRS-20.pdf

thinning-young-upland-hardwoods.1971.Gingrich%2CUSFS.ne_rp195.pdf

The archive of the webinar is here, or look in the "woodlot management" playlist at www.YouTube.com/ForestConnect

A copy of the presentation here:  Thinning_your_Woodlot.v02.march.2013.pdf

Peter

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