Virtual Tour of the Forest: Middle Age Pine - Unthinned

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When pine stands reach an age of 16 to 20 years they need to be thinned. The thinning removes the smaller and poorer quality trees and leaves more room for the best trees to develop.

Thinning also keeps the stand growing vigorously so it is less susceptible to bark beetle attack. In stands which are not thinned, the smaller trees will be crowded out and die. The virtual reality shows many trees which have already died.

The pine trees cut in the thinning are sold as pulpwood and are used for making paper and chip board.

A heavy thinning in pine can greatly improve the habitat by opening the forest floor to more sunlight which accelerates the growth of herbaceous plants like huckleberries, grasses and succulent shrubs. This new growth also provides cover and nesting habitat for many animals.

This pine stand needs to be thinned, smaller trees are dying, the stand is overcrowded and under stress which leaves it open for attack by insects like the pine bark beetle

Middle Age Pine - Thinned l Middle Age Pine - Wildlife