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  • Creston Community Forest

Forest Management Technique - Hand Thinning

When a forest is overcrowded just like a community, it becomes unhealthy. 'Hand Thinning' seen here is primarily undertaken to remove small diameter trees (sometimes called ladder fuels) from forest areas that are too dense. The benefits of hand thinning: improved wildlife habitat.

The grueling task of Hand Thinning is an effective prescription for sustaining a healthy forest by removing the dry dead trees and allowing space for the healthy trees to maintain moisture. This is another Fire Mitigation practice we use to keep the forest thriving and our community safe.


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