Improvement Marking

In a previously unmanaged stand, a large number of mature but defective trees will be present.
Removal of these trees for sawlogs or firewood will allow a higher quality crop to replace them.

Choosing Which Trees to Keep & Which to Take

What is crop tree selection?

Woodlot owners who are practicing uneven-aged management typically want to improve the growth and quality of trees that have the potential to grow into high-value wood products.

In order to achieve this goal, you will need to identify and manage your best trees.

You will select individual trees, known as crop trees, based on factors that determine whether they can be expected to increase in size and improve in value.
This is crop tree selection.

Why is crop tree selection important?

As a woodlot owner, you can only work with what you have. So it is important for you to be familiar with your woodlot and what it contains. (A forest inventory can be very helpful. This is usually done as part of developing a management plan.)

When you select crop trees prior to harvest, you have an opportunity to decide which areas have the most potential, what treatment is appropriate, and where to concentrate your efforts in order to achieve reasonable economic returns in the future.

read more....

Forest Management and other services are available from Little Otter Tree Farm.

Check our Products page ...
picture of stacks of firewood after thining bush

Special Events

Memorial Trees

We provide trees for Memorial purposes

Trees for School Projects

We supply trees for the classroom... what a great science project!

Wedding Gift Ideas

Trees are a great wedding gift idea.. for a day or a lifetime!

littleotter tree farm mature white cedar
Tree Sale! This Saturday
fire wood ad 519 842 2419