Thinning is the act of removing trees of lesser quality to benefit the forest.
Thinning is important to create better conditions for your forest.
This means removing trees of lesser quality to create a better envoirement for the healthy trees. You can control the variety of trees depending on the growth location when thinning, and in which way to steer your production. It’s also a great method to increase the durability of your forest.
Keep in mind that even though an increase in growth might not occure, thinning will increase the value of your lumber as well as reduce harvesting time.
Thinning should be done in forests with a height of 12 meters or higher. A rule of thumb is to thin your forests two to three times per life cycle. Thinning will yield an economic surplus in the majority of cases, exceptions are first time thinnings in insufficiently managed forests with trees of lesser quality. The most common machine used in thinning is a forest harvester. It is up to the experienced driver to decide which trees to fell and which ones to spare.
Please contact our Raw Materials Purchasers if you have any questions or want help to thin your forest.