Thinning is the first step to a healthy and managed
plantation. It is accomplished by removing complete
rows for present and future access, and selectively
removing live trees from within the remaining rows.
Distorted, diseased and deformed trees are also removed
at this time with the surrounding thinning being modified.
The remaining trees can now get more light, and can
use more of the moisture and nutrients in the soil
to maintain good health and growth.
slashings and unsalvageable wood are left on the forest
floor to rot down and slowly add more nutrients back
into the soil for the benefit of the remaining trees.
Some of the wood thinned can be salvaged and some
cannot. Sometimes, what is salvaged will meet the
cost of the thinning. However, in some cases, it may
cost to have the plantation thinned pre-commercially.