Silviculture

In the on going battle against glabal warming, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has come to a consensus concerning human activities and their impacts on the earth's climate. The IPCC advocates that GHGs from anthropics sources will have to be reduced drastically in the following decades in order to slow down the increasing concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere. Removing excess slash not only adds value to forest harvesting operations and provides GHG neutral energy and products, it can also enhance the value of the forest left behind. The CYCLOFOR system does this by increasing the surface area that is put back into tree-growing production, a key feature when all the beneficial effects of this treatment are considered. Researchers agree that the forest is an essential GHG filter, and that an increase in forest stand growth is not negligible.

Silvicultural workers, including tree planters, brushcutters, and forest technicians who survey the forest, agree that this treatment helps make their work in the forest better and more efficient. We should also see a reduction in scarifying prescriptions in certain cut-blocks, or at least a reduction in the intensity of the prescribed treatments because of the reduction of forest slash on the ground.

One of the most unsightly scenes in the bush are heritage slash piles lined along old logging access roads. They contribute to the negative public image of logging operations, degrade the visual aesthetics of the forest landscape, and reduce the growing area. Cleaning these areas will reduce negative publicity. Also, the leachates resulting from these accumulated slash piles are eliminated, helping the forest floor regenerate itself much quicker.

 

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