Forest Stand Improvement
Practice Code: 666
Reporting Unit: Acre (Ac.)
Forest stand improvement involves the manipulation of forest species composition, stand structure and stocking by cutting or killing selected trees and/or understory vegetation.
Purposes and Benefits
Improves aesthetic and recreation values
Improves wildlife habitat
Increases the quantity and quality of forest products
Initiates forest stand regeneration
Reduces fire hazard
Achieves or maintains a desired native understory plant community for special forest products, grazing, and browsing
Potential for vegetation (biomass) removed during stand improvement to be used to produce energy
Provides potential income
Conservation Practice Support Documents
Support Documents for this conservation practice are available for download from an abbreviated version of Section IV of the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG).
All support documents associated with this and other conservation practices are available at the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide web site.
Related Conservation Practices
This practice is commonly used in a Conservation Management System with practices such as:
Early Successional Habitat Development/Management (647)
Forest Trails and Landings (655)
Prescribed Burning (338)
Prescribed Forestry (409)
Riparian Forest Buffer (391)
Upland Wildlife Habitat Management (645)
If you want to learn how you can protect natural resources on your farm or forestland, please contact your local NRCS office.
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