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Shelterwood Method in White Pine (right) and Hardwoods (left)

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The shelterwood method is a silvicultural approach through which a new generation of trees is established naturally under the shelter of older trees by a series of partial cuttings intended to:

  • stimulate seed production
  • create favorable seedbed conditions on the forest floor
  • supply the young seedlings with sufficient room and light for healthy growth.

This natural regeneration is less expensive than planting seedlings and more likely to succeed without continuing frequent treatments.