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Reforestation and Forest Development Program
Forest Development sustains forest management, forest health and forest restoration through silvicultural treatments at a landscape perspective using the latest sound science for planning and to implement treatments. These treatments directly contribute to attainment of Northwest Forest Pan and Western Oregon Resource Management Plan goals and objectives. The four major categories of forest development work include: reforestation and stand maintenance/protection; growth and value enhancement; forest monitoring; and non-native and noxious weed management.
Reforestation and Stand Maintenance/Protection
Reforestation and Stand Maintenance/Protection are treatments which have the objectives of reforesting lands following disturbance events such as timber harvest, wildfire, windstorms, and insect outbreaks. Treatments include pre-planting site preparation, tree planting, post-planting maintenance/protection of desirable vegetation, and genetic tree improvement.
Growth and Value Enhancement
Growth and Value Enhancement are treatments which have the objectives of managing stand density and/or develop desired species mixtures and stand structures. Treatments include precommercial thinning (PCT), commercial thinning, density management, release of desired species, pruning, fertilization, and stand conversion.
Density Management projects are designed to control stand density, maintain stand vigor, and place or maintain stands on developmental paths so that desired stand characteristics (i.e. late-successional forest habitat) result in the future.
Forest Monitoring includes the field inventory of individual forest stands to evaluate future treatment needs, effectiveness of past treatments, and monitoring compliance with project specifications.
Non-native and Noxious Weed Management
Non-native and Noxious Weed Management includes the inventory, and control of non-native and noxious weeds, and evaluation of control treatment effectiveness.
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