Choosing A Silviculture System

If you’re planning to harvest trees from your woodlot, a forest management plan can help you achieve the highest economic returns possible and ensure the long-term health of your forest. One of the most important steps in developing a plan is choosing a silviculture system. Silviculture systems are different approaches to harvesting, regenerating and growing forests. The three main silvicultural systems used in Ontario include: the selection system, the shelterwood system, and the clearcut system.

This Extension Note describes the silvicultural systems and some of the factors you should consider as you select a system that’s right for you and your property.

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