Use leave-tree harvesting instead of clearcutting
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Harvesting of timber within forests can be carried out by clearcutting sites or by various methods of harvesting a proportion of trees. Leave-tree harvest retains a low density of high-quality trees uniformly through the forest stand. Trees can be retained in groups or dispersed and may contain trees with structural characteristics important to wildlife. Compared to clearcutting, this type of management can help maintain forest species.
For other options for harvesting timber, see “Use selective or reduced impact logging instead of conventional logging”, “Harvest groups of trees or use thinning instead of clearcutting”, “Use patch retention harvesting instead of clearcutting”, “Use shelterwood harvesting instead of clearcutting” and “Retain riparian buffer strips during timber harvest”.