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What is Silviculture?

It is a system where planned program of treatments during the whole life of a tree specifically designed to achieve specific stand structural objectives. This program of treatments integrates specific harvesting, regeneration, and stand tending methods to achieve a predictable yield of benefits from the stand over time. Silvicultural system is mainly the science behind sustainable, eco-conscious logging, and covers all activities from planning, harvesting, and replanting to tending to the new trees. Each system well is developed to meet the unique needs of each forest site and take into consideration ecological factors such as forest age, tree species and ecosystems.


How does silvicultural system work?

The general aim of silviculture is to ensure that most available growing space is filled with useful plants for as much of the stand’s life as is practical. “Useful plants” often include timber species, but increasingly include forage and other forest vegetation. Silviculture also strives to ensure that the dynamic structure of the stand meets the needs of the landowner at any given point. In the past, silvicultural systems have been designed to maximize the production of timber crops. However, more recently additional ecological considerations and resource objectives have been included. A silvicultural system generally has the following basic goals:
• meets the goals and objectives of the landowner
• provides for timely availability of many forest resources (not just timber)
• produces predictable harvests over the long term
• balances biological/ecological and economic concerns to ensure renewability of resources
• provides for regeneration
• effectively uses growing space and site productivity
• considers forest health issues.
In designing a planned program of treatments to achieve these basic objectives, a practitioner will
generally create a detailed stand level plan or long-term prescription. However, these
prescriptions can be grouped into readily recognizable types of programs called silvicultural

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