Published April 1968. Facts and recommendations in this publication may no longer be valid. Please look for up-to-date information in the OSU Extension Catalog: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/catalog
Natural regeneration of second-growth timber is encouraged by partial cutting, leaving certain trees as a seed source and shelter for new and faster growth. Several partial timber-harvesting methods are well adapted to second growth. One such method is "shelterwood cutting." This system may be especially valuable on sites difficult to regenerate through artificial seeding, planting, or other methods.
Stands may be clearcut and regenerated by artificial methods, but this is costly at best. Woodland owners should take advantage of a natural regeneration, where it will accomplish the desired results.
Shelterwood cutting removes the timber in several cuts. As cutting advances, it leaves an overstory of selected trees, called shelterwood, to seed in the openings. When a new crop of young trees is established, the older shelterwood is removed, encouraging the new stand to develop.
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