Virtual Tour of the Forest: Old Hardwood - Shelterwood Cut

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Forests can be regenerated by removing all but the best 40 to 60 trees and cutting the smaller, more poorly formed trees in what is called a shelterwood cut. When scattered large trees are left in a shelterwood cut, some tree species which are intermediate shade-tolerant trees such as northern red oak are favored. These large trees will be harvested, after the new stand of saplings is established, in 5 to 10 years.

Selective cutting of the large trees, in mature stands, leaves poorer quality and less valuable trees for the future. This type of cutting is called highgrading and is often done because of a higher immediate profit and not realizing partial harvest usually favors red maple and other less valuable species. A forester should be contacted to provide proper management recommendations.

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