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Forest Stand Improvement 666

What it is

Forest stand improvement involves the manipulation of forest species composition, stand structure and stocking by cutting or killing selected trees and/or understory vegetation.

How it helps

  • 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

Learn more

Find NRCS Massachusetts technical information in the Field Office Technical Guide: eFOTG.

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