Silvicultural Treatments

Following the development of a forest management plan, our specialized staff can continue to assist landowners in attaining their silvicultural objectives.

Selection Cut

The Selection Cut is a treatment used in uneven-aged stands, meaning a stand with different aged trees. Hardwood stands, Sugar Maple bushes for example, are usually uneven-aged stands.

The intensity of the harvest is between 20% and 35% of the stand's basal area, and between 20% and 25% in Maple stands protected by the CPTAQ. The stem selection primarily targets dying or mature stems in order to improve the stand's quality and to favour natural regeneration. Harvested trees must be selected from every age group in order to perpetuate the stand without relying on a final cut. Tree marking is carried out to identify the trees for removal. This involves evaluating each individual tree and identifying those for removal with paint. Depending on the intensity of the intervention, the stand age, and the site's productivity, harvests can be performed fifteen years apart, on average.