Weeding and Thinning Young Forest Stands
By: Maine Forest Service
Weeding and thinning are forestry practices that improve forest stand quality by removing undesirable species and poor quality individuals of desirable species.
Weeding kills or removes undesired tree species to free up resources (space, light, water, nutrients) for desired species.
Thinning removes damaged, diseased or deformed individuals of preferred species in a stand that is too closely spaced. This promotes the growth of individuals with the best form and highest potential to meet the landowner’s goals.
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