Forest Research Section, N.S. Dept. of Lands and Forests
The shelterwood method is a regeneration technique, whereby one or more partial cuts are used to promote the establishment of natural regeneration. After this regeneration is well established, (able to survive full exposure) the remaining overstory is removed. The final cut must not result in excessive damage to the future crop trees.
In this study, two harvesting systems (trail and conventional) were utilized in the final removal cut of a two-stage, hardwood uniform shelterwood. The trail was undertaken to determine which of these systems would result in the least amount of damage to the regeneration.