Upland Forest Area Treated with Restoration Thinning


The Restoration Thinning Program was established by the HCP to facilitate late-seral forest habitat conditions in high density stands regenerated from clearcut timber harvesting in the 1970s and 80s. Starting in 2000, we used variable density thinning techniques to improve/maintain tree vigor, increase biodiversity, and increase structural variability on the landscape. In selected areas, the slash resulting from thinning was treated to further promote understory shrub development. Cost commitments for the program were achieved at the end of 2013 after treating 10,041 acres, and the program was concluded.

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