Large areas of productive forest land are currently occupied
by poor-quality, non-commercial forests due to past fires,
repeated insect attack, high-grading (removal of only the best
trees), and other factors.
- Site Reclamation, or Backlog Silviculture, is the most
common treatment for this type of forest
- Most backlog treatments are labour-intensive
Treatment consists of clearing, preparing, and planting a
site to establish a vigorous new forest.
- A manual (chainsaw) salvage cut is first made which
fells the existing forest and salvages any merchantable
- Logging debris is then burned or raked to prepare the
area for planting
- The area is then planted to complete the treatment
- Since the 1970's, more than 25,000 hectares of
productive forest land has been reclaimed in this fashion