Thinning

Thinning removes selected trees to improve the quality of those remaining in the stand. Trees removed include:

  • less desirable species
  • diseased or damaged trees
  • trees crowding better trees

There are two types of thinning commonly practiced in Nova Scotia.

Pre-Commercial Thinning (PCT)
Pre-commercial thinning is performed in young stands that are overstocked. There is no immediate economic benefit realized from a PCT.

Commercial Thinning (CT)
Commercial thinning is performed in a middle-aged stand. Ideally, income received from the wood products harvested will pay for part or all of the CT operation.

Resources

NSDNR Woodlot Management Home Study Program
- Online or Mail

Module 1 - Introduction to Silviculture
Module 3 - Thinning for Value