Author: Andy Tait

Removal of the Fittest: The Dangers of High-Grading

A primary rule of sustainable forestry is DO NOT “high-grade” your forest.  High grading is the selective cutting of only the most valuable (i.e. biggest and best quality) merchantable tree species.  This is often done as a “diameter-limit cut”, in which all the well-formed stems of commercial species greater than a certain diameter (i.e. usually …

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