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Forest Management


Fire improves accessibility, makes plants more palatable, improves crude protein, promotes seed production, and increases the presence of insects.

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Selective herbicides are a key component in the reestablishment of native understories.

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Timber harvesting and other machinery benefit wildlife and native understory by removing overhead competition, thus allowing sunlight to reach the forest floor, and stimulating preferred vegetative components.

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Understory Management

Prescribed fire is quite beneficial from a forestry perspective. It creates access for forest management activities, reduces fuel loads, and prepares the site for natural regeneration and artificial planting. It also aids in controlling seedling competition, enhances timber sale bid prices, and improves timber stand aesthetics.

prescribed fire in a longleaf pine plantation

Forest Herbicide Management

Selective herbicides are commonly thought of as a mechanism to favor forest regeneration. Selective herbicides are also necessary wildlife management tools as they enable managers to favor one plant community over another to create the optimal habitat for a particular species.

farm tractor with a metal cage and spray tank being used to spray herbicides
Cross section of a pine tree stump

Timber Harvesting and Machinery

Timber harvesting is the mechanical operation that pays! Thinnings and clear-cuts are essential to forest management at the Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center. The Center’s timber harvesting philosophy can be summed up with the phrase, “Take out the bad and leave the good.”

Sequencing of Management Practices

The tools of prescribed fire, timber harvesting, machinery, and selective herbicides can be used independently for a singular positive outcome. Still, when integrating these practices, desired outcomes are often achieved in a shorter period with longer-lasting effects.

sun rising in a longleaf pine stand