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Forest Stand Improvement

A forested area with Forest Stand Improvement applied

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 Documents

Web link image: Field Office Technical GuideDocuments 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:

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Early Successional Habitat Development/Management (647)
Firebreak (394)
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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