Upland Forest Area Treated with Ecological Thinning


Ecological thinning is designed to accelerate old-growth forest structure and habitat elements in younger forest by creating variable spaces between trees, retaining or planting a variety of native trees, and retaining or creating numerous snags and logs. This type of thinning should benefit old-growth dependent species such as the northern spotted owl by creating appropriate habitat much sooner than it would develop on its own. Currently we are averaging about 62 acres of ecological thinning per year.


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