Building Resistance & Resilience

The Role of the Forest Management

How do we get from here to there?  How can active forest management increase the structural and age-class diversity of the forest?  

New seedling and stump sprout growth requires the presence of sunlight on the forest floor, usually from a newly created opening in the canopy.  The forest management plan calls for creating openings ranging in size from a single tree up to an acre or two and totaling less than 1% of the forest area per year.  By design, this strategy mimics the average rate of natural disturbance, but in a deliberate pattern spread over time and space that contrasts with nature’s random, often spatially concentrated events.  By 2055, the outcome will be a diverse, actively reproducing, multi-layered watershed protection forest that is more resistant and resilient than what we have today.

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