Continuous cover forestry -- an introduction

Barton, Ian
November 2005
New Zealand Tree Grower;Nov2005, Vol. 26 Issue 4, p13
This article focuses on the basic principles of continuous cover forestry in New Zealand. It is usually defined as the use of silvicultural systems which maintain the forest canopy at one or more levels without clear felling. Working with the site and adapt the forest to the site and its inherent soil and micro climate variations, rather that imposing some form of artificial uniformity. Instead of concentrating upon the growing of trees for timber the process should be to create, maintain and enhance a functioning ecosystem. Clear felling of areas larger than about a quarter of a hectare will modify the forest floor to an unacceptable extent unless the species being regenerated requires reasonably high light levels.


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