Fisheries and Land Resources

Forestry and Agrifoods

Commercial Thinning

Commercial Thinning (CT) is much the same as pre-commercial thinning:

  • Stands are aged 35-45 years
  • Dense stands of natural regeneration are thinned to between 2000 and 2500 tree per hectare
  • Primary objective is to stimulate growth of crop trees
  • Any merchantable timber cut is salvaged and sold as pulpwood, fuel wood, or sawlogs
  • Extraction trails are required to remove salvaged timber to roadside
  • Chainsaw is the tool of choice because of larger sized trees
  • Less than 2500 hectares treated in this fashion to date, but treatment has great potential
  • Industry wishes to acquire more wood from CT and other forms of selective harvesting as an alternative to clear-cutting only


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