Thinning for sustainable use
Productive native forest management is achieved only by providing trees with space to grow.
Tree health is influenced by competition – and the correct tree density levels that are critical to achieve this are influenced by species, size and growing conditions.
Space trees to approximately 7–7.5 m apart based on:
- Suitable species combination.
- Good quality such as a straight stem, reduced defects and reasonable diameter.
- Healthy crown, shape and dominance or at least co-dominance.
- In remnant vegetation retain the required numbers of ‘habitat’ trees prescribed in the ‘Forest practices code’.
- If commercially viable harvest productive trees.
- Thin/treat unsaleable stems with Tordon™ RegrowthMaster Herbicide.
For more information read the ‘Native Forest Stand Management Guide – No1.’
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