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‚ÄčToday we continue to go through some silvicultural practices forest landowners and managers can use to promote good health and resilience to prepare for drought focusing on the benefits of thinning 

Thinning:

  • Reduces overcrowded conditions and increases water and nutrient availability to remaining trees
  • Reduced stand density minimizes the risk of insects, disease, and catastrophic wildfires in case of drought
  • Removes diseased trees

 

Thinning promotes growth of remaining trees and improves the health and vigor of the stand. Thinning also improves wildlife habitat and produces revenue for landowners. Besides improving the health and vigor of a stand, thinning can also be beneficial to landowners from increased economic gain at final harvest. Most Larger trees are more valuable than smaller trees because the products they can produce have greater value. Pictures shown illustrate the differences between a thinned versus unthinned stand. dense stand2.jpg

 Thinned stand1.jpg

Multiple workshops on the effects of drought on forests and forest management practices that help minimize the impact of drought will be offered by ACES professionals at different locations across the state of Alabama this summer. Specific locations, dates and times will be announced in the coming weeks.

Additional information on drought can be found at:

https://www.drought.gov/drought/

Additional information on forest management and drought can be found at:

http://www.pinemap.org/

For further information on forest drought or the upcoming forest drought workshops, contact Adam Maggard at (334)-844-2401 or adm0074@aces.edu. 


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